Broncos flyer Corey Oates is reportedly planning to accept a massive pay cut and stay in Red Hill, in the umpteenth blow to Wayne Bennett’s Dolphins.
Oates was on the outside in Brisbane over the summer but made a stunning return to form which saw him named to the Maroons squad this week.
The dolphins have been circling, but Brisbane is offering a two-year extension to keep Oates at the club until the end of 2024. according to The Courier Mail.
The 27-year-old has made eight appearances for Queensland matches and is reportedly set to receive a pay cut of around $200,000 per season.
Oates stands at an estimated $550,000, but the Broncos priority remains to keep Herbie Farnworth, Queensland Origin bolder Selwyn Cobbo.
“I’m really proud of Corey”, Broncos head of football Ben Ikin told News Corp.
“He will admit that he had some seasons where he didn’t play his best football, but he decided to turn it around and he came up with a plan in his own head about how he was going to do it and he got to work.”
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HULL BLOWS PILES OUT OF THE WATER
Parramatta Eels will bid farewell to another star at the end of the season, with Tom Opacic reportedly on his way to the Super League.
According to Courier Mailthe center has signed a three-year deal worth $500,000 per season to connect with Hull KR by 2023.
It’s a blow to the Eels and Brad Arthur, who were believed to be keen to keep the trusty 27-year-old. They filed a one-year extension reportedly worth $150,000, but Hull blew them out of the water.
The Eels are already gearing up for a season-end exodus, with Isaiah Papali’i, Marata Niukore, Oregon Kaufusi and Reed Mahoney already signed to rival clubs.
Ryan Matterson stopped the tide of departures by turning down a lucrative offer from the Dolphins to re-sign with the blue and gold.
News of Opacic’s departure prompted The Daily Telegraph’s Michael Carryannis to wonder if the Eels’ premiership window was about to slam shut.
“It just begs the question, I think with Marata Niukore, Isaiah Papali’I, Oregon Kaufusi, Reed Mahoney of course, is this it for Parramatta’s shot at the title,” he told SEN.
“We saw how good they can be on their day, it showed against the Roosters, but we saw how bad they can be against the Bulldogs.
“I just wonder if this is it for Parramatta for years to come.”
PANTHERS STAR TARGETED BY RIVALS
The Panthers will reportedly lose flyer Charlie Staines at the end of the season.
The “Forbes Ferrari”, as it is called, is on the outside for the Prime Ministers and at the bottom of the pecking order for his favored fullback position.
“One of the guys who can’t get a chance for them (Penrith) is Charlie Staines,” Sydney Morning Herald’s Adrian Proszenko said on SEN 1170 Afternoons.
“I think it’s fair to say he won’t be at the club next year.
“He was primed as a potential long-term full-back at the club, but Dylan Edwards has confirmed that given the way he plays.
“There’s probably a feeling that Stephen Crichton would be next in line.”
Proszenko said a number of rival clubs were interested.
“A few clubs that are snooping around are the Wests Tigers and the Bulldogs,” said Proszenko.
“The interesting thing is that they both don’t have a coach at the moment. It makes no sense to have a player if the (new) coach doesn’t want that player.”
What could play a key role in Staines’ decision is the future of Cameron Ciraldo.
The Panthers assistant coach is being targeted by both the Bulldogs and Tigers as they search for replacements for Trent Barrett and Michael Maguire.
“But the interesting thing is that they’re both poking around in Cameron Ciraldo, who clearly knows what Charlie Staines, ‘the Forbes Ferrari’, is capable of,” said Proszenko.
“That will be one to keep an eye on.”
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