Brisbane Broncos young star Kotoni Staggs has signed with the club for four more years, ending a drawn out negotiation process.
The Broncos have seen an exodus of young talent with the Queensland Origin rep Xavier Coates revealing he had signed on with the Melbourne Storm.
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Similarly, young half Tom Dearden also looked for the exit, signing with the North Queensland Cowboys.
Dearden was axed last week for the game against the Gold Coast Titans, a rare win for the club.
But despite the exodus of players as Walters looks to clean out the roster that delivered the Broncos its first wooden spoon last year and again has the side at the bottom end of the ladder, the club has finally claimed a win.
The Broncos released a statement on Wednesday afternoon with Staggs committing to another four years at the club.
Triple M host Ben Dobbin reported that it was a four year deal at more than $700,000 a season.
Breaking – Brisbane secure a huge boost . Kotoni Staggs signs a 4 years x $700,000 season extension. A big win for Kevin Walters . Coates deal not signed to storm and brisbane still believe they are a chance [email protected]@[email protected]@TripleM_NRL
Staggs was the 2020 Dally M centre of the year and scored the try of the year last year, and likely would have debuted for NSW if not for a “horrible” injury in the final round of last years’ competition that has seen him yet to grace the field in 2021.
Kotoni Staggs wants to get back into it with the Broncos.Source:Getty Images
But Staggs, who has played 47 games with 23 tries in the centres for the club, appears set to shift to the halves.
“My future is here at the Broncos – I’ve always been told to chase my dream and my dream as a young kid was to be here at the Broncos, and I’m going to be here for another four years – I’m really happy.
“Reflecting back to when I was growing up as a young kid and kicking the footy around the park imagining I was in Broncos colours, to be able to make my debut and play here for three years and then to get another four years on top of that with a bunch of boys that I’ve known for a while now, I’m pretty proud of that.
“We’ve got a lot to look forward to as a Club … I want to continue to grow and help the younger players out and be a leader and a mentor.
“I’ve made mistakes off the field but I’m learning my lessons and from here onwards I want to be the best person I can be and be a role model, it’s up to me to get my head in the right place and move forward.
“I’m here to send a message out to the fans that I’m here to stay at the Brisbane Broncos, this is the Club that I always dreamed of playing for and it’s my home.”
It's a necessary win for coach Walters after the departure of players.
“Kotoni’s passion for the Broncos is what has kept him at the Club as well as his competitive drive – he’s the type of player that we need here at the Club,” Walters said.
“He grew up watching the Broncos win premierships and he wants to win one here himself.
“We have a terrific core group of players signed to long-term contracts who have all been through the Broncos system, and Kotoni adds to that – he has committed to us because he believes the future here is bright.”
Kotoni Staggs has become one of the Broncos best very quickly.Source:Supplied
It comes as the Eels and Titans both reportedly pulled out of the chase last week.
It was believed that the drawn out process was also because Staggs had dug in his heels until the club brought in a strong halfback.
The Broncos are reportedly still in the hunt for both Rabbitohs half Adam Reynolds and Eels half Mitchell Moses.
“We’re still working out what will be best for me and my family,” Reynolds told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“If I have to move the family interstate I will. It would be daunting but exciting at the same time.”
Moses said similar, saying he wanted to go where he can play his best football.
“If I have to move the family interstate I will. It would be daunting but exciting at the same time,” he said.
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