GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JULY 08: Tevita Pangai of the Broncos runs the ball during the round 17 NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Brisbane Broncos at Cbus Super Stadium on July 8, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

The Brisbane Broncos are facing a multimillion-dollar battle to retain explosive young forward Tevita Pangai Jnr.

The Courier-Mail revealed Pangai Jnr has become the most sought-after player of the NRL finals, with up to five NRL clubs registering interest in the forward.

The Souths Newcastle junior has met with the Newcastle Knights and has received offers from other Sydney clubs for three or four season contracts, worth up to $800,000 per season.

There will be pressure on the Broncos to fit Pangai into the salary cap, as they have already spent millions on re-signing Matt GillettJamayne Isaako, Payne Haas, David Fifita and Jaydn Su’a.

They have also yet to re-sign winger Corey Oates.

Broncos skipper Darius Boyd has urged club bosses to retain the Pangai Jnr, saying the Tonga international has the potential to surpass 2016 Dally M Medallist Jason Taumalolo.

“He can be a Jason Taumalolo in his own right,” Boyd told the Courier-Mail.

“He can be as destructive, if not better, than Taumalolo.

“The sky is the limit for Tevita, he has a great work ethic and football brain.

“I’ve been to other clubs and I know how professional the Broncos are, but it’s up to Tevita to decide what he wants to do.

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“I just really hope the Broncos can find a way to keep him.”

The Broncos are hoping Pangai Jnr’s loyalty to coach Wayne Bennett will be a key factor in him staying at Red Hill.

Bennett is credited with developing the young forward, after he was told by Canberra coach Ricky Stewart he wasn’t cut out for first grade football.

Bennett has yet to re-sign with the Broncos, but in an interview with Channel 7 News Brisbane, Pangai Jnr said he had verbally committed to the Broncos, regardless of whether Bennett remains at the club.

Pangai Jnr made his NRL debut with the Broncos in 2016 and has since played three test for Tonga.


  1. With Matterson leaving after the grand final in a done deal with the Tigers which frees up to 350k-400 and with the Roosters already under the cap by 475k and a couple of other players on low income leaving. The Roosters will either sign Pangai Jnr or Tuapau very very soon.🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓💪😎👍

    • Kurt Baptiste Canberra 250k, Reece Robinson 150k(Mitch Cornish, Brock Gray, Lachlan Lam England, Eloni Vunakece, O’Sullivan Brisbane, Chris Smith Canterbury, Paul Momrivoski Wests Tigers) combined 375k, Matterson Wests Tigers 350-400k, Blake Ferguson Parramatta 600k, Frank Paul Nuuausala retired 350-400k, there is over 2million bucks. Less 375 k each for Morris and the big English winger = 1mil 250k to buy players. If I can explain that to people with no mathematical skills yet know how to read, then that should keep the inept off the Sydney Roosters case. by the way now that Norths have joined forces with the Roosters we now own both sides of the Harbor Bridge. 🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓💪😎👍🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓💋

  2. Can’t help but see the Roosters shopping Matterson around as a way to free up cap space for another forward. Othrwise, theres no real reason to get rid of him. If tevita really has met with Politis, I really wouldn’t be surprised to see him come down to bondi. One can hope

  3. Heard a rumor that the Roosters are going hard for Pangai Junior or Marty Taupau. I was hoping Matterson would sign on at the Rabbits. Apparently Matterson has signed with the Tigers already and a few others are leaving with the retirement of Kiwi international Frank Nu’uausala. Kirk Baptiste is heading home to Canberra and they have released Reece Robinson. That should put an end to the space on their cap if either player signs on.

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