BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 09: Kodi Nikorima of the Broncos runs with the ball during the round 14 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Suncorp Stadium on June 9, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Brisbane Broncos re-sign Kodi Nikorima


Kodi Nikorima will be with the Brisbane Bronco until at least the end of the 2020 NRL season after inking a new deal over the weekend.

The 23-year-old has already played Test football for New Zealand and appeared in an NRL Grand Final in his debut year of 2015.

Nikorima now shapes as the long-term halves partner for Anthony Milford, who also signed an extended-year deal with the Broncos earlier this season.

Broncos’ chief executive Paul White said securing Nikorima for a term of three years was wonderful news for the club.

“Kodi has been with us since his early teenage years so we are very happy he has re-committed to the Broncos,” he said.

“He showed everyone just what he can do in his favoured position of the halves when given a stint there this season.

“This deal underlines that we see him as a long-term player at the Broncos, who will help lead the club forward.

“We congratulate him and his family on the new contract, and look forward to him being part of our future.”

Brisbane Broncos 2018 Player Movements

2018 Gains: Jack Bird (Cronulla Sharks, 2021), Andre Savelio (Warrington Wolves, 2019)
2018 Losses: Jai Arrow (Gold Coast Titans), Herman Ese'ese (Newcastle Knights), Keegan Hipgrave (Gold Coast Titans), Ben Hunt (St George Illawarra Dragons), Matiu Love-Henry (New Zealand Warriors), Benji Marshall (Wests Tigers), Tautau Moga (Newcastle Knights), Francis Molo (released)
Re-Signed: George Fai (2019), Alex Glenn (2019), Jamayne Isaako (2018), Jordan Kahu (2020), Andrew McCullough (2021), Josh McGuire (2021), David Mead (2018), Anthony Milford (2021), Kodi Nikorima (2020), Corey Oates (2018), Joe Ofahengaue (2019), James Roberts (2021)
Off Contract 2017: Joe Boyce, Darius Boyd, Mitchell Dodds, Salesi Funaki, Jonus Pearson, Marion Seve, Travis Waddell


6 COMMENTS

  1. Interesting re signing for the Broncos. Offensively, he is arguably calmer than Milford or Hunt when in possession of the football and he possesses a dangerous running and short kicking game. His passing creativity is also pretty impressive. His defence is pretty poor though and he lacks a long kicking game. Personally, I would prefer the more defensively solid Boyd and Marshall in the halves with McCullough at 9 and Milford at fullback.

  2. I don’t think Bennett had a particular position in mind for Bird when he signed him. He just wanted to sign him because he is a quality footballer who has the offensive skills to play fullback, centre and in the halves. With Mogadishu going to the Knights next season I imagine Bird will play in the centres with Nikorima and Milford in the halves.

  3. Personally, I would have preferred if the Broncos had used the $4million they spent on signing Bird for four seasons to re sign Moga, Ese’Ese and Ofahengaue each for three further seasons. At this stage it looks like the Broncos will re sign Ofahengaue for next season but lose Arrow to the Titans in addition to losing Moga and Ese’Ese to the Knights. Poor roster management by the Broncos as far as I’m concerned. There are rumours though that Dave Taylor is coming back to the Broncos next season. They’ll need his go forward now that they’ve lost Ese’Ese.

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