BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 11: Herbie Farnworth of the Broncos celebrates victory after the round one NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Suncorp Stadium, on March 11, 2022, in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Brisbane Broncos star centre Herbie Farnworth has signed a one-year contract extension with the Brisbane Broncos.

Farnworth has been a target for both the Broncos and Dolphins during recent months, with the English centre - who is also on the World Cup radar for England coach Shaun Wane - playing excellent football for the Broncos.

After a strong 2021 campaign in an often well-beaten team, Farnworth has continued his constant improvement this season, forming a lethal centre combination with Kotoni Staggs.

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He has officially agreed to only a one-year extension with Brisbane, which could indicate he is less than certain about his next long-term move as his market value continues to increase on the back of his efforts.

Often overshadowed by Kotoni Staggs at the Broncos, Farnworth has arguably been as good, and as consistent, as Staggs during his time at Red Hill.

Farnworth said in a club statement that he was happy to extend his time at Red Hill.

“I’ve been here since I was 15 and I’m really happy with all the boys and (Coach) Kevie and all the staff – I really enjoy it here at the club," Farnworth said.

“The past two years have been tough but to get the last five wins in a row and the direction the club is headed, that’s played a big role in my decision to stay.

“With all the players who have chosen to stay, a lot of us came through the 20s competition together – Fleggy, Kobe, Patty, Payne, Staggs – we’ve all come through together and it’s good to stay together.

“We’re really happy that we can get some wins for our members and fans and give them something to cheer about at Suncorp.”

The news that he is set to stay with the Broncos is a bitter blow for Wayne Bennett and the Dolphins, who continue to fail in their endeavours to make big-name signings, particularly in the backline.

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It's a backline which currently consists of Jamayne Isaako, Edrick Lee and Robert Jennings when it comes to players with NRL experience.

With talent off-contract at the end of the year thinning, it's a problem the Dolphins must rectify, however, Brisbane will be thrilled to have secured Farnworth, with director of football Ben Ikin continuing to make strong moves within the first 12 months of landing the role at the club he used to play for.

It's understood Farnworth had been seriously contemplating a move to Redcliffe, and that may have been what resulted in only a one-year extension.

It's also believed the Canberra Raiders were interested, however, Farnworth wanted to stay in Queensland, limiting his options to either the Dolphins or Broncos.