TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 08: Darius Boyd of the Broncos warms up before the start of the round 21 NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Brisbane Broncos at 1300SMILES Stadium on August 08, 2019 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Darius Boyd must play more than 15 games next season to trigger his career extending into 2021, as per his contract signing in 2017.

The Broncos skipper signed a four-year extension two years ago, which would see the 32-year-old remain at the club until the end of the 2021 NRL season.

However, it appears the extension wasn't merely as straightforward as that.

According to The Courier-Mail's Peter Badel, the first two years of Boyd's four-year extension were guaranteed, but that contractual obligations and trigger clauses were placed into the agreement following those first two seasons, which is typically the process undertaken for players entering their twilight years.

Boyd was 30 at the time of the extension.

The former Queensland representative will need to play more than 15 games in 2020 if he is to be eligible for a farewell year in 2021, as was originally the plan.

If Boyd fails to reach the 15-game quota, then he will technically be out of contract with the Broncos.

In that scenario, the Broncos would be able to choose not to re-sign their captain, freeing up around $700,000 worth of space in the salary cap in the process.

Speculation has been rife this season over Boyd's future, with the 32-year-old receiving scathing criticism over his form this season. It has lead to many questions over his mortality in the game, even though Boyd intends on playing on in 2020.

According to Badel, the Broncos are intent on making sure that any eventual parting of ways will be managed carefully and with respect, seeking to ensure that any departure as a player isn't in acrimonious circumstances.

The club is prepared to offer Boyd a role within the Broncos following the end of his playing tenure, working for the club in the mental health landscape - an area that Boyd has been closely working in over the last year.

The Broncos will be looking to notch up their third consecutive win when they clash with the Rabbitohs on Friday night.


  1. Darius Boyd needs to stay.
    He’s the best player in the comp, if the broncos get rid of him they are going to have a lot of tough years ahead.
    They will only have Milford left to do it for them because that will be there only good player left.
    David Fifita, Payne hass and sebold is a joke.
    Last year was a lot better they had Bennett, korben sims, Thaiday, Maguire and Kahu.
    that side in 2018 would kill broncos 2019 and getting rid of Darius is just starting the problems for the years ahead.

  2. Retired you fragile rat.
    If you stay and Fifita has to leave I wouldn’t like to be you walking around Brissy.
    Wayne signed him for 4 years so he must of seen something in him.
    Sign him Wayne so he can be close to home so you can tuck him in at night.

  3. Wayne can put up with your average 3 runs(scampers) per game and nothing else to offer.
    definition for scamper
    (especially of a small animal or child)
    run with quick light steps, especially through fear or excitement.(Darius)

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