Is that DCE supporting the Broncos in the bottom left?
the size of contracts shouldn't determine playing time... talent, form and fitness should be the only thing that determines playing timeAre TPJ and Haas set for big minutes next year? The size of their contracts may suggest that.
What does this mean for McGuire, Lodge and Ofahengaue?
All of them could play 80 minutes.
Nah. TPJ has earned his starting spot for life. Fifita and Haas can come on for him and keep the intensity upWe could always try the tactic of having the most explosive bench in the comp.
8. Matthew Lodge
9. Andrew McCullough
10. Joe Ofahengaue
11. Jaydn Su'a
12. Matt Gillett
13. Josh McGuire
14. Kodi Nikorima / Kotoni Staggs
15. David Fifita
16. Tevita Pangai Junior
17. Payne Haas
Didn’t Badel have his offers at 800K last night? He’s dropped a hundred K overnight, by the looks.Gold Coast and North Queensland drop out of the chase for Broncos flyer Corey Oates
September 6, 2018 5:45pm
The Broncos have kicked off negotiations with Oates, who despite his blistering form this season remains off-contract heading into Sunday’s elimination final against the Dragons at Suncorp Stadium.
Oates has attracted offers of $700,000 a season, with Sydney-based NRL rivals the Bulldogs and Parramatta among the clubs to have expressed interest in the towering Broncos flyer.
The Cowboys have also been linked with Oates, but their signing of Broncos teammate Tom Opacic last week and impending acquisition of Ben Barba leaves no room in the salary-cap for the Maroons winger.
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The Titans have the financial latitude for a backline purchase, but coach Garth Brennan is content with the Phillip Sami-Anthony Don wing alliance that has delivered 29 tries for the Coast this season.
“We won’t be making an offer for Corey Oates,” Brennan said.
“Corey is a wonderful player and I imagine he could attract big offers on the open market, but I’m very happy with our wingers and that’s the position I see for Oates.
“Apparently he’s keen to play back row but I think he’s best suited on the wing.
Oates has been on fire all season. AAP Image/Dave Hunt.
“I also don’t genuinely think he is a chance of leaving the Broncos, I’d be very surprised if Corey left given the success he’s had there.”
Oates hopes to finalise his future this month after last week hiring a new manager in leading agent George Mimis, who looks after the affairs of big-name Broncos duo Darius Boyd and Sam Thaiday.
The 23-year-old is on the verge of personal milestone on Sunday. Oates needs just one try against the Dragons to post his 19th four-pointer this year, which would eclipse his seasonal best haul of 18 from 22 games in 2016.
Does Oates want to stay with Brisbane? AAP Image/Dave Hunt.
By signing a new deal with Brisbane, Oates, who has 78 career tries from 119 games, will be on track to become just the sixth Bronco in history to post a century of four-pointers.
Oates failed to train with the main squad on Thursday after suffering calf damage in his four-try haul against Manly last Sunday, but Broncos teammates are confident their in-form flanker will face the Dragons.
“He reckons he’s a bit sore,” hooker Andrew McCullough said.
Oates has become one of the best wingers in the competition. AAP Image/Darren England.
“Corey’s a hard one to put a measuring stick on (with his injuries), but he will be all right I think.”
Lock Josh McGuire said he expected Oates and fellow casualty Tevita Pangai Jr (hamstring) to take the field against the Dragons.
“Tevita is fine,” McGuire said. “It’s just a bit of neural pain which has been the story of the season for ‘T’.
“He doesn’t train too much at the start of the week, but he’ll be fine by the end of the week.”
no, that was TPJ with 800k offers.Didn’t Badel have his offers at 800K last night? He’s dropped a hundred K overnight, by the looks.
Every contract number is theoretically imaginary until the player signs.Journalists imaginary numbers.
It would be strange considering the amount of contracts he's turned down to stay with the broncs as a bench player... only to finally break the starting side, on the brink of a premiership window and decide to move up north to a team that could be way out of contention with their champion just retired.Dont think there is anything in it, but heard a whisper Offa may be heading north.