Broncos Player Movement and Rumours 2020


International Rep
Gold Coast
Lodge Thanks Members As He Locks In Two More Years

Emerging prop Matt Lodge has credited Brisbane Broncos members and supporters as a major factor in re-signing with the club for another two years.
The 23-y-o has committed to at least the end of 2020 after a stellar comeback season in which he finished runner-up in the Paul Morgan Medal for Broncos' Player of the Year, just one vote behind winner Anthony Milford.
Lodge also won the Best Forward award after playing 25 games in 2018 and averaging 130 metres run per game, as well as 23 tackles and 11 hit-ups, plus 55 tackle breaks across the season.

Lodge made a point of thanking the [HASHTAG]#Bronxnation[/HASHTAG] for standing by him after a tough start to the season.
"Thank you for getting behind me – it was a massive part of why I made the decision to stay in Brisbane," Lodge told Broncos members and fans on
"We think we owe something to them and we're working hard to bring back what everyone wants.
"It's good to have some stability, I've made the decision to stay up in Brisbane and I'm happy with that decision and looking to put in some work with the group that we've got coming through to achieve what we all want.
"I'll always respect Wayne (Bennett) for giving me the chance to come back... but we're moving on now and we've got a new coach in Seibs (Anthony Seibold), training has changed and we've all on board with that and we're excited at what the future holds."

Lodge, who has a big focus on working in the Broncos' community programs, said becoming a father last year to son Coby with partner Jess had given him added responsibility and perspective.

"It's awesome – he just turned one a few weeks ago and he's running amok but I love it," said Lodge.
Brisbane Broncos CEO Paul White said: "Matt continues to work on every aspect of his life both on and off the field, and he knows he has our full backing as he travels along that road.
"He has taken some big strides this year through his dedication and hard work. We applaud what he has achieved and we welcome what is to come in the years ahead."


NRL Captain
North Brisbane
Lol at the meltdowns in the comments. I wonder how many are Souths fans mad that Bennett didn't bring any one of Lodge, Oates, or TPJ (they were all expecting at least one, some were gloating that they'd get all three)?


NRL Captain
Suncorp Stadium
And that’s the trifecta

Broncos stars Tevita Pangai Jr, Matt Lodge sign new deals

Update: Brisbane have completed their $2 million retention spree with blockbusting forward Tevita Pangai Jr formally signing a new deal with the Broncos.
Pangai Jr’s Broncos cohort Matt Lodge completed his remarkable NRL resurrection by inking a two-year upgrade, his extension rubber-stamped just 24 hours after winger Corey Oates signed a 12-month deal.
Now Pangai Jr is the final big-name top-liner to finalise his future. The Broncos are expected to announce a one-year deal for the Tongan international as early as Friday.
A short-term contract still leaves Pangai Jr open to being poached by Wayne Bennett at Souths for the 2020 season, but Lodge is confident his good mate will remain at Red Hill for the long haul.

Matt Lodge has committed to the Broncos for two extra years. Picture: Annette Dew
“Tevita won’t leave, he will be here, I won’t let him go,” said Lodge, who is tied to the Broncos until the end of 2020.
“I won’t be urging him to leave, that’s for sure.
“Tevita can be a freak.
“It’s good that I am close with him because we just have to work on being consistent on the field next season.
“We get together off the field and it helps us stay on track. We need to step up even more next year with guys like Josh McGuire and Sam Thaiday leaving.
“If we have a dud season (in 2019), it won’t be good.”

Matt Lodge talks to new Broncos coach Anthony Seibold at training.
Pangai Jr played 22 games last season and produced some barnstorming performances that saw him labelled Brisbane’s version of Cowboys wrecking ball Jason Taumalolo.
But he was also left frustrated by a series of hamstring injuries which have prompted the 22-year-old to undergo intensive off-season rehabilitation to strengthen his frame.
The 113kg forward held talks with Newcastle coach Nathan Brown just a month before the NRL finals, but said last month he never seriously considered quitting the Broncos.
“I looked at the Newcastle set-up but it was a curiosity thing,” he said while holidaying in America.
“I am from Newcastle and my best mates are there, so naturally I was keen to look at their set-up.
“They are going to be a strong club in the next few years so they were attractive, but I feel like I can play my best football at the Broncos.”

Lodge hopes Pangai’s bond is too strong to break. (Albert Perez/Getty Images)
If any player was tipped to follow Bennett out of Red Hill, it was Lodge.
When the prop was banned from the code for two years following his alcohol-fuelled episode while holidaying in America, it was Bennett who threw him a lifeline with a basic Broncos contract.
Lodge will always be indebted to Bennett’s mentoring, but says he couldn’t walk away from a Broncos club that rallied around him during a firestorm of criticism over his NRL registration earlier this season.
“It (a new contract) is something I’ve worked towards for a long time,” he said.
“I wasn’t ready to leave Brisbane. I’m glad I’m here and I can keep working hard.
“I took the coaching situation out of it. Brisbane got behind me, the fans and members and we have a good group of people here.
“It’s not just the coach (Bennett), everyone from the top of the club to the bottom has helped me out a lot.
“I took that into account.

Origin game two in Perth 2019
“I definitely feel welcome here. (Queensland) is not my home, Sydney is my home, all my family are down there, but I’m willing to sacrifice living away from them because I enjoy being up here and the squad we have at the Broncos.”
Lodge said the darkest moment of his life in New York three years ago has made him appreciate his upgraded Broncos deal.
“I just believe once you have nothing, you appreciate everything that comes your way,” he said.
“I am very grateful for the contract and the opportunity to play on.
“This time 12 months ago, I didn’t have a pre-season because I had to go down to Sydney for some family stuff.
“It’s good to come back with a fresh year and hopefully get some new results.”
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NRL Captain
From the SMH

Wallabies' next big thing Perese in shock defection to NRL
The Queensland winger once touted as the Wallabies' next big thing will pitch up for training with the Broncos on Monday in a sensational code-swapping blow to Australian rugby.

Izaia Perese, hailed by Michael Cheika just 12 months ago for "killing it" in a Wallabies touring squad, has signed a training replacement contract with the Brisbane NRL club via their affiliate Redcliffe Dolphins and is likely to win a full-time deal.

Reds to Red Hill: Izaia Perese is understood to have signed with Broncos affiliate the Redcliffe Dolphins. CREDIT:AAP
The Herald understands his release will make way for Rebels winger Sefa Naivalu to move north to Ballymore in a consolatory win for Wallabies coach Cheika and Rugby Australia's talent retention campaign.

But Perese's exit from Queensland has not been without drama, with the 21-year-old understood to have been a no-show at pre-season training for some time at Ballymore while the Reds, Rebels and Rugby Australia negotiated over his release.

It is also an abortive end to a rugby career that held great promise. Considered a genuine product of the Queensland pathway, the former Australian Schoolboy won a GPS title with the Anglican Church Grammar School first XV team, which also boasted future Broncos Kalyn Ponga and Jayden Su'a, plus Mack Mason, Angus Scott Young, Liam Wright and Harley Fox.

He was singled out by Cheika a number of times as a player that could form part of Australia's World Cup plans and was selected to tour with the Wallabies in a training capacity during the Rugby Championship last year.

"He's killing it," the Australian coach said at the time.
"He's in a very competitive position. I think he's a guy who can defend in the midfield as well.

"He's got that genuine pace; he's got a great mindset and a great attitude. He's coming along very nicely."

Sefa Naivalu will move to the Reds from Melbourne in coming weeks. CREDIT:AAP
He was sent home from the tour to get some game time under his belt in the NRC and looked set to light up the 2018 Super season after scoring the match-winning try for Queensland's trial match against the Fiji Warriors. But a knee ligament injury ruled him out of much of the season and the powerful runner struggled to make an impact after that.

By June rumours were circulating he would sign with the Broncos for 2020 but the Herald understands Perese couldn't get out of rugby fast enough in the end, with a training replacement deal agreed with the Broncos via their Instrust Super Cup feeder team Redcliffe and an NRL debut a near certainty in the not too distant future.
Then there’s just more about Yawnion


NRL Player
From the SMH

Then there’s just more about Yawnion
Whoa, whoa; pump the brakes union journalist.

Just because he’s a fringe first grader in union, does not mean “an NRL debut is a near certainty in the not too distant future”. Particularly at the Broncos.

The other way around, yeh sure. But history will show many more have failed trying to come across to league from union than the other way around.

I hope he “kills it” like the box head Wallabies coach says he will, but time will tell.

Big Pete

International Captain
Genuinely optimistic about the signing. I don't watch a ton of Rah Rah, but caught a few games of Perese's and was impressed with his foot-work and his ability to create chances in tight quarters.

It's bit of a homecoming as well for Perese. He actually played Rugby League for Norths in his junior days, so he isn't starting from scratch in this sport. It was one of the reasons why I kept an eye on him, I like to give my rah rah mates stick for all the League converts (Timu being the new go-to guy).
He wont be able to brush off tackles like a few of them unless nikorima swaps teams.

Deadset they are state teams?! Lol they looked like under 20’s defensively. However , he looks pretty good. Wonder if he will be ahead of farnsworth and kahu as the backup winger? Also, wonder if this is an indication we will be letting kahu go? Has anyone heard any whispers?


State of Origin Rep
Genuinely optimistic about the signing. I don't watch a ton of Rah Rah, but caught a few games of Perese's and was impressed with his foot-work and his ability to create chances in tight quarters.

It's bit of a homecoming as well for Perese. He actually played Rugby League for Norths in his junior days, so he isn't starting from scratch in this sport. It was one of the reasons why I kept an eye on him, I like to give my rah rah mates stick for all the League converts (Timu being the new go-to guy).
Under 16 Origin too in 2013.

He's coming off an ACL so he will take time, Redcliffe are pretty shrewd good replacement for Pearson.
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