OFFICIAL Jack Bird goes down

Mitch06

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To be part of a good team? When he's back Boyd will be gone, so Bird could slot in at centre or at fullback depending on how other players go. Staying here would probably be more enjoyable than going to a 10-16th type team, give him the chance to really push for his origin spot back, showcase his abilities to earn more on later contracts, win games, maybe win a premiership, and live in the best bit of the country. Plenty of reasons other than money.
I think I'm just hopeful that we are able to offload him :')
 

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One reason why Bird may look at moving could be that he may not be a shoe in for that center spot when Boyd's gone.

There was an article a few days ago which I believe was along the lines of a spot being opened up in the backline for Nui, Herbie, Coates, etc. when Boyd retires.

Seibs seems a pretty big fan of those guys and also promoting the youth, so if they are considered the long term option compared to Bird he may look at them for starting left center, which then leaves Bird probably as the utility on the bench... which to be honest is potentially his best position given he can cover anywhere from 1-13... however playing utility for a year doesn't bode well for his next contract.

He may well accept his option next year (and why wouldnt you with the cash he's set to make), but as of November 1 this year he's a free agent again and the Broncos may be willing to let him go in 2021 for a longer contract whilst also paying some freight... and using the remainder of that cash for Fifi, Herbie, etc.

I still think the push for Bird at 1 was a) an opportunity to see if he could fulfill his worth, given Milf, Brodie and Dearden look set to form the long term halves combination, and b) to put Bird in the shop window for Sydney clubs (if Bird played well Sydney clubs could've come knocking with a 3-4 yr deal to take him off our books)

Seibold has already shown examples of putting players in the shop window by loaning out Kahu and now Macca... it gives them every chance to secure a contract elsewhere whilst also getting them off our books to secure the junior talent coming through.
 

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Appears the mail was wrong. Birds taking up his option.
I can only see him at left centre (or bench utility) when he returns to the field now. I dont think we will offer another contract beyond this current one and having him move into the spine (full back) for only one year would only impede the development of combinations.
 
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Wolfie

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I can only see him at left centre (or bench utility) when he returns to the field now. I dont think we will offer another contract beyond this current one and having him move into the spine (full back) for only one year would only impede the development of combinations.
Its a tough one for him. I reckon if he can stay fit he would offer more than any of our other fullback options, and again, if he is fully fit and firing, he is a terrific player in the centers. Its up to the coach now really. If he gives him another chance at fullback, he has to be prepared to offer him a new deal if he does the job. If as a club we dont want to do that, then we probably need to use him sparingly if he can get fit.
 

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He’s a great right Centre and utility. He’s a decent fullback, hasn’t impressed at left centre and would be a good lock or five-eighth. Several of those positions are unproven and the Broncs currently have arguably the most promising young right centre in the game. If Bird was on John Plath money (adjusted for inflation) he’s a great signing. On marquee money, don’t even think twice. No new contract should be the decision after however long it takes to note it in meetings minutes, should be 10 seconds or less. Get rid of him earlier if possible.
 
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I feel sorry for Bird. Undoubtedly talented but has been crippled by injuries since joining us. With the limited opportunities in the game so far, I can see Arthurs developing into a strike centre and would like to see him partner Staggs in the centres next year. I'd be happy for Bird to be given the utility role next year and then letting him go back to Sydney.
 

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Bird isnt a totally stupid guy. He knows as well all do hes getting paid overs for doing little currently. I think when contract talks come around he will be reasonable. There is no better future prospect team for winning a comp than with Broncs at the moment. Roosters maybe, Melbourne not after this season or next. You would take a cut and hedge your bets on staying.
 

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Bird isnt a totally stupid guy. He knows as well all do hes getting paid overs for doing little currently. I think when contract talks come around he will be reasonable. There is no better future prospect team for winning a comp than with Broncs at the moment. Roosters maybe, Melbourne not after this season or next. You would take a cut and hedge your bets on staying.
would you take a 1/5th or less pay cut though?
 

Mitch06

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would you take a 1/5th or less pay cut though?
If it was me and I had already managed to stash away the best part of 2-3 million or more potentially I would definitely be content with taking overs to enjoy my career and experience another premiership.
 

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If it was me and I had already managed to stash away the best part of 2-3 million or more potentially I would definitely be content with taking overs to enjoy my career and experience another premiership.
You do know NRL players pay tax too right?
 
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Alec

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Just too injury prone, and I think it's more likely that he'll somehow miss most of the next season too rather than play the whole thing without getting injured.
 
Bird isnt a totally stupid guy. He knows as well all do hes getting paid overs for doing little currently. I think when contract talks come around he will be reasonable. There is no better future prospect team for winning a comp than with Broncs at the moment. Roosters maybe, Melbourne not after this season or next. You would take a cut and hedge your bets on staying.
You make sound like its Bird decision and he has leverage, the truth is next season Bird will be playing for his future. Bird being 'reasonable' isn't the word I would use. If and that's a big if the Broncos want to retain Bird they will make him an offer but I don't think they will lose too much sleep whether he accepts it or not.

The ball is in the Broncos court not the other way around. There has been too much money paid and very little productivity from Bird for the Broncos that they would be leaning to show him the door. He would have to have an amazing season in 2021 to change this view and even then there would be reservations because of his injury history.
 

kooly87

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It's a double edged sword for Brisbane either way because the more games he plays, and particularly the more games he plays well in, the more likely he is to attract a silly offer from out of Sydney somewhere and then that makes it really hard for us to match anything substantial like that, so he probably goes. The alternative is he breaks down again long term, doesn't play much, and Brisbane honestly can't justify tabling a new deal for him.

Personally, either way, I see Bird being at the Broncos beyond 2021 to be very highly unlikely almost regardless of what happens.
 

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I couldn't care less if he plays well or not well, not contract much above minimal wage should be offered.
 

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