The Brisbane Broncos are keen to re-sign three of their off-contract big stars, and are quietly confident on securing winger Corey Oates signature.
Oates, along with Tevita Pangai Junior and Matt Lodge, are yet to sign new contracts for next season, with the club looking to wrap up negotiations quickly.
The winger has only linked up with his manager George Mimis once in the past six weeks but negotiations with Brisbane’s CEO Paul White remain on track.
Oates has been a pivotal part of the Broncos team for many years now, including being the clubs leading try-scorer in 2015.
Its evident the 23-year old is popular amongst the Brisbane fans after being voted the XXXX Player of the Year at this year’s presentation night.
The QLD Maroons winger has attracted much interest from many rival clubs but Oates preference would be to stay at the Broncos to see out his career as a one-club player.
The signs seem very positive for Brisbane that they will likely re-sign Oates as his next contract will tie him one step closer to being a one-club player.
George Mimis told NRL.com the Broncos are a club which understand how Oates works.
“Corey is developing into an iconic Queensland player and Brisbane is a great platform for him to continue to grow and develop his skills,” Mimis said.
“To that end, Paul White and I are having positive, ongoing negotiations.”
It is understood by NRL.com that Oates would also like to further his media career and a contract with a local radio station could help him do that.
In regards to Lodge and Pangai Junior, it’s no secret they have both been targets for opposition clubs, but they too would prefer to stay at the Broncos.
Newcastle Knights coach Nathan Brown recently stated on Fox Sports the club were after the duo but a deal couldn’t be created.
According to NRL.com, Lodge has received numerous large offers from clubs, including one said to be over $900,000, although negotiations with Brisbane are still ongoing as the length of a new contract is still to be determined.
Pangai Junior’s deal will most likely be finalised in November due to management issues.
With both forwards being extremely close with mentor and coach Wayne Bennett, his future beyond 2019 could weigh into the forwards decisions on how long they re-sign with the club.
Despite this, Brisbane are confident the Bennett situation will not affect the settling of the duo’s contracts as more is to come before they secure their signatures.