After failing to land Greg Inglis’ signature, the Brisbane Broncos will now look to solidify their playing roster by extending some contracts. Inglis’ absence is likely to directly yield a longer presence for record-breaking club champion Darren Lockyer, vice-captain Corey Parker and strike centre Justin Hodges.
The senior trio all have just another 12 months to run on their existing deals but if Inglis had been a Bronco, one or two would likely have been squeezed out of the club post-2011.
Lockyer, who is currently only contracted for another 12 months, has publicly declared he wants to continue playing at least until 2012 and remains the club’s best player.
Hodges, if he can regain full fitness after a year’s absence with a worrying achilles injury, is regarded as the second best centre in the game second only to Inglis.
And 2009 Bronco of the year Parker, who topped the club’s average tackles and metres statistics this season, remains a leading player.
Brisbane are now in the position to “front-end load” their deals, by offering upgrades under next year’s cap, to ensure the star trio in Broncos colours see our their careers at Red Hill without adversely interfering with future cap planning to upgrade the club’s core of youngsters as they develop.