Broncos handed huge Kotoni Staggs boost as rival club pulls offer

The Broncos have been handed a huge boost in their attempt to regain young talent Kotoni Staggs, with rivals Gold Coast Titans reportedly pulling their offer to the boom centre.

Courier Mail journalist Peter Badel tweeted: “Titans have pulled their offer to Kotoni Staggs. Broncos close in on $2.8 million upgrade for Staggs to stay at Red Hill. Gold Coast officially OUT.”

The 22-year-old currently has a contract option in his favour for next season, but is now closing in on a new deal that will see him earn $2.8m over Brisbane’s next four campaigns ($700k per year).

But there’s still significant uncertainty over the Broncos’ halves pairing for the future, with Staggs not locked in yet and the Eels still hopeful of bringing him to Parramatta.

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NRL: The Gold Coast Titans have pulled their offer to Kotoni Staggs from the negotiating table, making it increasingly likely he’ll re-sign with the Brisbane Broncos….

NRL: The Gold Coast Titans have pulled their offer to Kotoni Staggs from the negotiating table, making it increasingly likely he’ll re-sign with the Brisbane Broncos.

Lara Pitt said on NRL 360: “It’s big step for them (Brisbane) in the right direction if he walks away from the Titans’ offer.

“They’re putting all eggs in that basket. They haven’t made an offer yet, as I understand it, to Tom Dearden. And by all reports Anthony Milford is not going to be there next year. They are clearly wanting and counting on getting Kotoni Staggs – and promising him the world.”

There have been widespread recent reports that Staggs would move from the centres to play five-eighth.

And with the Broncos still linked to deals for Adam Reynolds and Mitchell Moses, while Brisbane youngster Tom Dearden’s future remains in doubt with the Cowboys attempting a poaching raid.

MAJOR CONTRACT NEWS – Titans have pulled their offer to Kotoni Staggs. Broncos close in on $2.8 million upgrade for Staggs to stay at Red Hill. Gold Coast officially OUT.

That led Paul Ikin to warn: “While ever (Staggs) doesn’t make a decision with respect to where he goes, the Broncos are going to continue to hold on. The risk they run, because of Staggs potentially wanting to play at six, is that they miss out on Reynolds and they miss out on Moses because they don’t know what money they’ve got available.

“Because I’m assuming the $2.8 million they don’t spend on Staggs if he goes elsewhere, they will need to buy the other halfback.”

James Hooper asked: “Is it the Broncos pitching to Staggs they want him to play six and he can play six if he likes – or is it the other way around, him saying ‘I want to wear the number six jumper?

“I think it’s the Broncos, in a bid to try get him to re-sign, have sold him the vision: ‘We want you, this is how much we value you, you can be one of our primary playmakers who can take us back into finals contention.”

“Either way,” Paul Ikin replied, “it figures in the roster planning and how you use your salary cap dollars. If you’re buying Staggs to play six, that’s what you’re paying for. Then you potentially haven’t got as much money as you want to get Reynolds or Moses.”

But having turned down the Cowboys, Reynolds seems unlikely to move to Queensland, with family reasons tying him to Sydney.

Hooper said: “I can’t see Reynolds leaving Sydney … I’d be stunned if he leaves Sydney.”

Pitt added: “The Broncos have had a conversation with him. I had it indicated to me today that he has a family and he wants to remain in Sydney.”

Originally published asBroncos rival pulls Staggs contract offer

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