Brisbane Broncos skipper Darren Lockyer will not change his mind about retirement despite a lucrative offer from cashed-up English club Widnes.
Lockyer said yesterday his family situation ruled out a stint in England, something he had entertained in previous years.
Widnes are coached by former Great Britain forward Denis Betts and are bankrolled by millionaire chairman Steve O’Connor, who came to the club’s rescue when it was drowning in debt in 2007. The Vikings have been promoted to Super League for next season.
O’Connor made an approach to Lockyer, through his manager George Mimis, with Widnes intent on returning to the glory days which peaked with a win over Canberra in the 1989 World Club Challenge.
“I didn’t hear anything directly, but George is friends with the Widnes owner,” Lockyer said yesterday.
“Nothing has changed with my situation. Our son (Sunny) is nearly one, we’re established in Brisbane and I wouldn’t like to travel with a little one.”