MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Corey Oates of the Broncos looks on during the warm-up prior to the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Melbourne Storm and the Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park on September 22, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Brisbane winger Corey Oates may potentially be leaving the Broncos at the end of the season, although he won’t be finding a home in Newcastle, however.

Knights officials have refuted claims they are interested in the winger, and have denied requesting a meeting with the 23-year-old.

The report suggested the Knights, Eels and Dragons are the teams keen on Oates after he rejected a big offer to join the struggling Canterbury Bulldogs.

Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett, recently revealed he doesn’t believe the Broncos can hold onto their star winger at the price he is commanding, which means Oates may been to leave Red Hill in order to receive the cash he could be worth.

But Knights coach Nathan Brown has revealed Oates isn’t on the club’s radar in the slightest.

“It’s not true – we haven’t even spoken to Corey Oates and won’t be,” Brown told the Newcastle Herald.

“From all reports, he wants to play in the backrow next season which is why he is currently looking at his options. We don’t have any spots available.

“It’s just another example of us being thrown in the mix for any off-contract players simply because everyone knows we are in a good position financially.”


  1. he would be wasted at the Dragons behind Frizell, Sims & De Belin. If he wants to be a second rower Parra is now his only option & if he doesnt play well Parra then have 2 of the best wingers in the comp on their side.

  2. I can’t agree with only Parra as an option. I’m a South’s man and I would love to try him to replace Crichton. I think he will be a star in the second row and if he is not bad luck one of our current wingers will have to battle for a position.

  3. I think he could make a good running back rower – but he has had a lot of head-related injuries and his defence is average. I can see him moving to the Cows.

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