SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 02: Jack Bird of the Broncos is tackled during the round eight NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Brisbane Broncos at ANZ Stadium on May 02, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Brisbane utility Jack Bird has gained plenty of interest from St George Illawarra in recent weeks, with the Broncos just as keen on shedding off his $975,000 contract.

Now, despite Bird also in favour of departing Red Hill, the Broncos are understood to have been far too high-handed in negotiations, making the Dragons and Anthony Griffin walk away from the table, per The Daily Telegraph.

The 25-year-old looked destined to return to the Dragons, where he featured for the club in the NYC between 2013 and 2014. However, an arrogant stance from the Broncos looks to have soured his chances of a move.

Griffin is believed to have met with Brisbane CEO Paul White to negotiation a deal for Bird, who is understood to have already told his friends he would be wearing the Red V in 2021.

The Broncos reportedly rejected the Dragons initial offer and left the Saints waiting for a revised offer for some time.

After a week of waiting, Griffin shut down any chance of returning to negotiations.

An official from a rival club told The Daily Telegraph the Broncos were far too arrogant in negotiations.

“The Dragons offered up a figure and Brisbane laughed at them,” they said.

“But the Broncos never went back to Saints with a revised offer.

“So the Dragons simply moved on. Jack is desperate to leave Brisbane but there may not be anywhere else for him to go, so he will have to stay at the Broncos. Brisbane is trying to push him out but he has a signed contract.

“There is a feeling among several clubs that Brisbane thinks ‘we’re the Broncos and if we want to move a player then we will’. It’s bullish and even arrogant.

“Bird is on $975,000 for next season so Brisbane shouldn’t think other clubs will just walk in and pull them out of this shit. They think everyone else will solve their problems. Well, it isn’t going to happen.”

Bird may struggle to find a suitor besides St George Illawarra, with the Broncos utility playing just 17 games in the past three seasons due to injury.

With the Saints’ interest now fading, Bird may have to play out the final year of his contract in Queensland.

 

2 COMMENTS

  1. Good player when fit and in the right position, but seriously paying half his salary next year would be a massive risk. I’m just assuming he will only play 1/3rd of the season. Only supreme optimists would think otherwise.

  2. Wait… so because the Broncos didn’t accept the dragons low ball offer, or waste their time going back with a counter offer (because the dragons would never entertain it) they are ‘arrogant’? Bird is a Broncos player (who probably owes the club a bit given they’ve paid him over 2M for 17 games)! The club would have a figure in mind to offload him below which he’s more value to them sticking around… that doesn’t make them arrogant – that just means the Broncos value him higher than the Dragons do.

    To the author of the article, I propose to buy your house for $5 – if you don’t accept or come back with a counter offer, please write a story outlining how arrogant you are.

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