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)

Jack Bird and St George Illawarra are moving closer to a finalised deal as the Dragons and Broncos both believe a deal can be sealed for the 25-year-old, per The Australian. 

Bird is set to undergo a medical with the Saints after missing a majority of the last two seasons with knee injuries and is set to join the Dragons in a matter of weeks.

It is understood that newly-appointed Broncos coach Kevin Walters was happy to move Bird and his $950,000 contract on for 2021, but will pay a sum of his wages for next year.

Walters is preparing for a major renovation on his list, with Bird just one of several big names expected to depart Red Hill.

Bird’s imminent departure would get the ball rolling for Walters, as the club look to secure the future of star Kotoni Staggs, who is gaining plenty of interest from rival clubs.

Both Parramatta and Manly are believed to be weighing up their options for the 22-year-old, with the Eels awaiting on the future of veteran Michael Jennings as he is set to face the NRL anti-doping tribunal.

The Sea Eagles are also facing an uncertain situation with Dylan Walker, who was charged with common assault earlier this week and has now entered the final year of his deal with Manly.

It is understood that the Broncos are also in talks with young guns Thomas Dearden and Xavier Coates surrounding their future with the club.

 

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  1. Broncos are going to have to decide which players they want to keep and build around and which ones a free to go.

    I’d let Corey Oates walk, same with Anthony Milford. Having these two off your books and Jack Bird would clear up heaps of salary space to go after a couple key players to be a contender.

    I’d go after Corey Allan, Matt Burton and Bunty Afoa.

    1. Corey Allan***
    2. Xavier Coates
    3. Kotoni Staggs
    4. Jaymane Issako/Tesi Niu/Jesse Arthurs
    5. Herbie Farnworth
    6. Matt Burton***
    7. Tom Deardon
    8. Matt Lodge
    9. Andrew McCullogh
    10. Payne Haas
    11. Alex Glenn
    12. Jordan Riki
    13. Pat Carrigan

    14. Jake Turpin
    15. Joe Ofahungue
    16. Bunty Afoa***
    17. Tevita Pangai Jr

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