Wayne Bennett has opened the door for Ben Te’o to resurrect his career at the Broncos as the Cowboys yesterday ruled out signing the former Queensland Origin enforcer.
Bennett believes the Broncos can benefit from the same NRL salary-cap rules that last week enabled South Sydney to re-sign Sam Burgess after his turbulent stint in English rugby.
It was feared the NRL would move to block Te’o’s mooted return from Irish rugby if a club attempted to sign him to a basic, second-tier contract.
But The Courier-Mail understands Te’o will be back in Brisbane next season if the Broncos are prepared to pay at least $350,000 a season for the premiership-winning Maroons hitman.
That was the figure of Te’o’s most recent deal at Souths in 2014 and the NRL’s salary-cap auditor will formally approve any fresh contract offer that matches or exceeds that amount.