Broncos ready for massive double coup; Big Turn in the Future of Bird – Transfer Whispers

Just a few years ago, the Broncos’ recruitment and retention came under intense scrutiny when high-profile free agents turned them down and young juniors jumped to rival clubs.

But now Brisbane looks on the brink of a stunning double coup, with Selwyn Cobbo and Herbie Farnworth both poised to re-sign with the club.

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Despite interest from the dolphins, roosters and predators, Channel Nine’s Ben Dobbin reported Farnworth has agreed to a one-year extension to be confirmed on Monday.

Broncos coach Kevin Walters warned earlier in the week that Brisbane is “going pretty hard” in his bid to keep Farnworth.

“He played his 50th game for us last week. We expect him to run out in Broncos colors next year, that’s for sure,” Walters added.

“There is a lot (for him) to consider. Herbie is quite popular at other clubs, but he is no more popular there than here. I feel like he belongs here, got his teeth cut here and I’d love to see him stay on.”

Herbie Farnworth is a man in demand. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

When it comes to Cobbo, The Daily Telegraph reported that Cobbo has turned down advances from nearly every NRL club, sacrificing $200,000 a season to stay loyal to the Broncos.

Cobbo has reportedly received offers of as much as $900,000 per season to disembark, but will re-sign with the Broncos through the end of 2024 on a deal worth $700,000 per season.

The Panthers and the Storm were reportedly the only two clubs not to chase the 19-year-old winger, sending the Broncos into a bidding war with the rest of the NRL.

The Broncos were eager to lock up Cobbo until the end of 2025, but his management opted for a shorter deal to take advantage of his projected rise to superstardom as he enters his first game and earns potential years.

Cobbo’s manager, Tas Bartlett told… News Corp that the Broncos were in the box for his star client’s autograph.

“We are well advanced in negotiations with the Broncos, we are coming to the pointy end,” Bartlett told News Corp.

Selwyn wants to remain a Bronco. He grew up after the Broncos, he is living his dream by playing for the Broncos and they have done a lot of welfare work to get Selwyn to this point.

Selwyn Cobbo will remain in the Broncos.Source: Delivered

“The Broncos are in pole position, Selwyn enjoys playing under Kevvie. He wants to show loyalty to the club.”

Broncos GM Ben Ikin said Cobbo’s potential re-signing was vital to the club’s plans to pursue the success of the premiership in the coming seasons.

“The challenge for us is to build a footy program that convinces guys like Selwyn Cobbo or Herbie Farnworth to stay,” Ikin said.

“If we do, our best children will find it very difficult to leave.

“We won’t be able to keep all our players forever, but I’m confident we have a work environment that people love to be a part of.”

Cobbo has scored 11 tries in 17 appearances for the Broncos since his 2021 debut, including nine this season and is tipped to debut for the Maroons in Origin I.

BIG TURN IN BIRD’S FUTURE

Just two weeks ago, it looked like the Dragons would re-sign Jack Bird to a three-year deal.

Now, however, Bird’s future is once again in the air, amid reports that he has “cold feet.”

Veteran rugby league reporter Brent Read revealed the details on triple M on Sunday afternoon.

Jack Bird’s future is once again up in the air. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

“His management agreed to a three-year deal two weeks ago,” Read said.

“The deal remains unsigned. The whisper going around right now is that he’s getting cold feet. I’m not saying he won’t sign that deal eventually, but certainly some clubs have been informed that Jack is a little tense about the deal and his name has popped up on their radar again.

“The Wests Tigers were a club that was interested in him, as was Parramatta. We’ll have to see how it plays out.”

The offer on the table was reportedly worth $550,000 per season over two years, with a mutual option for a third.

The dolphins were also interested in Bird’s services, although News Corp reported Bird was not keen to return to Queensland despite his relationship with coach Wayne Bennett.

BULLDOGS EXODUS KEEPS ON

Brent Naden walked out the door and Jack Hetherington could soon follow, with the Bulldogs enforcer eyeing a move elsewhere in the lead up to the 2023 season.

That’s according to The Daily Telegraphs David Riccio, who reported Saturday afternoon that Hetherington has three rival clubs circling after them Trent Barrett’s exit from Belmore

Riccio revealed that Hetherington was one of the few players to sign with the Bulldogs on the assumption that he would play under Barrett.

Jack Hetherington’s days with the Bulldogs are numbered. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

With the former Panthers assistant coach having left the club, Hetherington is destined to follow Naden out the door and Newcastle are following the drama closely.

“Several players came to the Dogs based on playing under Trent Barrett. Naden, Matt Burton and definitely Jack Hetherington,” Riccio continued triple M

†[He is] is currently sidelined with a shoulder injury and hopes to be back by the end of this year. In the meantime, Jack has been allowed to negotiate with rival clubs. He did. I understand the Newcastle Knights are at the front of the line.

“The Wests Tigers and St George Illawarra Dragons are interested. The knights think he can give their pack some starch.’

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The knights are excited. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

The Tigers’ interest is remarkable given reports that surfaced earlier in the week that they were targeting Roosters’ second rower, Angus Crichton.

Riccio said Crichton’s management is asking too much, at least for the Tigers to play a game with him without blowing their caps, and that Hetherington is a realistic backup option.

“The Tigers were interested in Angus Crichton from the Roosters,” Riccio said.

“I’m getting mail. Angus’s asking price is higher than the asking price the Tigers can afford and that’s why they might switch and target Hetherington.”

Nevertheless, Riccio does not “expect” Hetherington to be in Belmore next year, calling the Knights “frontrunners” for his signature.

WARRIORS TARGET LODGE REPLACEMENT

Riccio also gave an update on former Warriors propeller Matt Lodge’s future and also revealed how Nathan Brown plans to fill the void ahead of time.

lodge got immediate release from the Warriors on Friday and with Addin Fonua-Blake sustaining an injury on Saturday, front row stocks are incredibly thin.

It has seen the Warriors head straight for the market, with veteran striker Dunamis Lui in its sights.

“He has played with the Redcliffe Dolphins in the Queensland Cup,” said Riccio of Lui.

“I can tell you that the Warriors are almost picking up Lui as an immediate replacement. He could train as early as Monday.”

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Riccio also revealed that although Lodge has been linked with a move to Manly, there are unusually quiet whispers about his future.

“The Warriors and Lodge came to an amicable decision. It’s hard to understand,” Riccio said.

“He has bought some real estate on the Northern Beaches and there are links with Manly, but usually when these player moves happen it doesn’t take long for us journos to pick up the phone and find out where the player is going.

‘We couldn’t find where Lodge is going yesterday. He actually had coffee with Nathan Brown yesterday, said thank you for everything, went to the players, said goodbye and he was out of there.”


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