Parker, 28, is one of the rare group to not have a player agent representing him, but the 220-match veteran has dismissed fears this leaves him vulnerable in the cut-throat world of professional sport.
Parker says he doesn’t want to cloud his judgement by sourcing deals for a potential club move he does not wish to make and expressed confidence the Broncos would offer a fair price. He was the youngest Bronco to pass the 200-game barrier and he aspires to the elite company of 300-game, one-club players, headlined by club mate Darren Lockyer, who has played 339 matches.
Brisbane’s pledge to lock away their current stable is well under way with negotiations between star off-contract duo Parker and Justin Hodges well advanced, and young guns Gerard Beale and Dale Copley the next priorities.
While NRL player managers are adept at sourcing rival bids for their clients as leverage to argue true market value, Parker has seen club mates who never wanted to leave the Broncos depart over botched negotiations.
And he says this experience has fuelled his approach.
“From experience, if you’re happy with where you are at, that happiness brings a lot of things other than money,” Parker said.
Like star centre Hodges, Parker desires a new long-term deal and it is believed he is seeking one for three years.