The same rule that stopped Parramatta from signing Israel Folau is likely prevent any NRL club from buying Ben Te’o back from rugby union.
The Broncos have not spoken to Te’o but like most clubs would consider him if he declared interest in resuming his NRL career.
However, the NRL’s notional value rules and the potential extension of Brisbane’s backrow crop means it is highly unlikely the hard-running backrower will end up at Red Hill.
South Sydney are actively trying to secure Te’o while the North Queensland Cowboys have also shown interest.
If Te’o decides to return to the NRL next season, an option he has told friends he is considering, he would only be available in late April.