Brisbane and Jack Bird are preparing to part ways this off-season, with St George Illawarra and Canterbury currently at the head of the queue for the centre.
Broncos coach Anthony Seibold has told Bird he is free to speak to rival clubs, as Brisbane look to rid Bird’s high salary from their books in 2020.
The 24-year-old has had a tough run with injury during his Brisbane career, playing just 17 games across the past two seasons.
The Dragons have room in their cap and are reportedly eyeing off Bird according to The Courier-Mail, which would see the centre move back to the club he represented in 2013-14.
Bird’s manager Chris Orr has confirmed to The Courier-Mail his client has been given the opportunity to explore the market, although he said it doesn’t mean Bird is 100% out the door.
“Jack is happy at the Broncos,” Orr said.
“No-one from the Broncos has attempted to push Jack out of the club.
“The reason I requested permission was due to industry rumours suggesting there was interest from other clubs in Jack at a time when the Broncos are reviewing their roster.
“We’ve been up front and transparent with the Broncos.
“I didn’t expect it to create the interest it has. Jack has had two injury-plagued years, but he has no issue with Anthony Seibold or the club and he would like to play a major role with the Broncos next season.”
The Broncos need to bring in a playmaker, and getting Bird off their books could give them the salary cap space to bring in an elite half.