Off-contract Broncos star Kotoni Staggs is understood to be delaying a new deal at Red Hill until Brisbane land a formidable halves partner.
Staggs, who has previously flourished in the centres for the Broncos, is set for a shift to five-eighth and has made it clear that he wants a star halfback by his side before inking a lucrative extension to remain in Queensland, per The Daily Telegraph.
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Staggs has been closely linked with the Bulldogs and Eels as he weighs up his future, while Broncos coach Kevin Walters has backed the 22-year-old to remain in the maroon and gold.
Walters has made his desires of signing an experienced playmaker clear, telling News Corp earlier this week that the club will land a prolific halfback for next season.
“The plan is to get someone (an established playmaker) and I believe we will,” Walters said.
“I won’t name names but, yes, I’m after an experienced playmaker. That’s my priority and that’s what I am looking for.
“I’m certainly looking at a number of playmakers.
“Everyone can see we need an experienced playmaker and I’m going to the market.”
The Broncos have been closely linked to several names that fit the bill, with Rabbitohs skipper Adam Reynolds their priority target.
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The signature of either Reynolds or Johnson would most likely adhere to Staggs’ demands, with Walters set to meet with the former on Saturday in hope of edging out Cronulla, who have tabled a three-year, $2.4 million deal to the Souths skipper.
“Kotoni has to come up with a decision and we are waiting on that before we can progress forward with any other recruitment moves,” Walters told The Daily Telegraph.
“We are giving him the time and space to make a decision he is comfortable with.
“I expect it to be in the next seven days.”
It is understood that Staggs’ new deal would warrant a fee north of $800,00-per-season, while Reynolds’ demands fall in a similar financial bracket.
Staggs is currently nursing an ACL injury sustained last season, with a return date set for the mid-rift of the 2021 season.