Brisbane winger Corey Oates wants to remain at Red Hill beyond this season, but understands he may have to look elsewhere if the Broncos don’t offer him a contract in the near future.
Oates has time and time again spoken of his desire to move into the back row, but Broncos coach Wayne Bennett isn’t interested in moving him away from the wing position.
The 23-year-old recently left his former management and is now being advised by father-in-law Gene Miles. Oates touched on the move when speaking to NRL.com, and also told them he’s now just waiting to receive an offer from the club.
“I’ve had that management stuff … so I am waiting for an offer and hopefully that’s soon,” Oates said.
“I never want to leave but when it comes down to it if the club doesn’t want you then you’ve got to look elsewhere. The only way I am going to get a contract is to play good footy.”
Oates isn’t without suitors, with the Canterbury Bulldogs confirmed to be in the race for the Maroons star.
While Bennett’s future does hang in the balance, Oates doesn’t see his coach’s uncertain contract talks as a problem, and says any decision made on Bennett’s future won’t impact his own.
“I feel like Wayne is going to be here next year and I want to be here. It is up to them,” Oates said.
“I just want to finish the year off strong, play good football, give them something to talk about and then I can go into contract negotiations happy and confident with any decision I make.”