GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JULY 08: Tevita Pangai of the Broncos runs the ball during the round 17 NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Brisbane Broncos at Cbus Super Stadium on July 8, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

It looks like Broncos forward Tevita Pangai Jr will be staying at Brisbane after coach Wayne Bennett revealed he had agreed to a two-year verbal extension to remain with the club.

It is a massive win for the Broncos given the rising star was being courted by rival clubs, including the Sydney Roosters, and could have commanded a bigger pay packet on the open market.

Retaining Pangai Jr caps off an exciting period for Brisbane, who recently re-signed back-rower Matt Gillett, young gun Jaydn Su’A and teenage prop Payne Haas.

And while Pangai Jr’s re-signing has not yet been made official due to the fact that the 22-year old is currently cutting ties with his agent, Bennett told The Sunday Mail that he was going nowhere.

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“Tevita won’t be leaving,” Bennett told The Daily Telegraph. 

“He has a management issue to sort through, so we won’t have his deal done for a few months, but Tevita has told us he wants to stay.

“We are very confident of keeping him.

“We’re looking at a two-year deal. I don’t think it’s in Tevita’s best interests to do a four or five-year deal.

“His best years are in front of him, so he will become more valuable in the coming years.”

Former Broncos captain Gorden Tallis said retaining Pangai Jr will come at cost, which could fall into the seven-figure range.

“Tevita is very close to being a $1 million player, he’s a freak,” Tallis told The Daily Telegraph.

“Taumalolo I thought was expensive when the Cowboys signed him and now it’s a good deal. One million sounds like a lot of money but the salary cap keeps going up.

“There would be every club going after him (Pangai Jr).

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“He is the type of guy you want in your organisation. If his manager is doing the right thing, he would be out there asking every club to get the best price for him.”

Ex-skipper and current member of the club’s recruitment and retention committee Darren Lockyer said keeping Pangai Jr was crucial for the team’s future prospects.

“It’s crucial that we keep him,” he told The Daily Telegraph.

“He is our version of Jason Taumalolo. We know any club in the game would love to have him, but the Broncos are a good environment for him.”

3 COMMENTS

  1. How the hell was Easts in the equation to sign this guy? everyone i speak to , bar Easts supporters of course, are angry that they can continue to sign great players, enough is enough, they can put any spin they like on this but it just does not add up.

    • Come on Penso they write this stuff to get comments from blokes like you, We at the Roosters had this rumor been true could of sold Crighton back to Souths for a mil making a profit of 250k then signing Pangai Jr for only 450k or perhaps 300k as Brisbane officials would have us all believe thus making that signing of the Pangai Jnr only 50 k off the Roosters cap. >🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣💪😎👍

  2. Well said WoodChook- Typical Bennett trying to manipulate both Media and the player himself. Time this old bastard took his brown paper bag pension and piss off!!
    Pangi Jnr has not actually signed yet and this is a smoke screen by a desperate old bastard trying to hang on to his job when he is clearly not wanted.

    Keep negotiating Uncle Nick and stuff all the Rooster Haters!!!

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