The Brisbane Broncos will now turn its attention to signing Jharal Yow Yeh, Gerard Beale and Alex Glenn to long-term deals after securing extensions for prop Josh McGuire and fullback Josh Hoffman yesterday.
The pair have committed for a further three years — tying them to the club until the end of 2015. Both Hoffman and McGuire will initially be on deals of about $250,000 a year.
That figure will rise to more than $300,000, boosted by third-party deals, representative incentives and expected increases in the salary cap post-2013 as new broadcast money flows in.
McGuire was named in the Kangaroos train-on squad last month and Hoffman would have been in the New Zealand team for the Four Nations if he hadn’t damaged ligaments in his right knee in round 26.
“It is a reward for them for how they’ve developed over the last couple of seasons in particular,” said Broncos coach Anthony Griffin yesterday.
The next priorities are Yow Yeh, 21, Beale, 21, and Glenn, 23, who are all away on Four Nations duties with the Kangaroos and Kiwis.
Football manager Andrew Gee said negotiations had begun a couple of months ago with the trio.