GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 02: Jack Bird of the Broncos runs the ball during the NRL Trial match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Cbus Super Stadium on March 02, 2019 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

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.

13 COMMENTS

  1. Saint George Illawarra are a perfect fit for Jack Bird if he cannot get a start back at Cronulla Sharks.

    With his versatility & the Dragons in need of either a centre, five eight, fullback or even a lock. Then Bird who is a local junior must be favouring a return.
    Naturally they must move Mary McGregor on otherwise hire Flanagan.

  2. Jarrad wares-Hargrave will sign with panthers bird will join him in the forward pack also hearing masters doesn’t like McGuire he’s looking to play for cleary again dean whare has been told he’s free to leave plus with Eagan headed to the warriors look for the panthers to bring peachy back from the titans
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  3. Not too sure with Bird returning to Kogarah considering he and his father hate McGregor for not bowing to the little prince b4 he left for the sharks.

    Also McGregor ain’t no fan of bird either so highly doubt this will happen, just lazy journalists looking for an easy story with minimal effort

  4. McGregor should be gone before the 2020 season starts, if he’s still there next year it shows how poorly the Steelers are ran.

  5. Don’t like JWH toddy. However, if you’re right, it gives them a more formidable look .
    They should make sure they re-sign their Canterbury Cup team player of the year Billy Burns . As well as a very good up & coming second rower / lock Saun Blore.
    If you add in their Jersey Flegg player of the year in fullback Charlie Staines ( who’s played some games in Canterbury Cup & looks a great player ). It’s an even better look.

  6. Eastofdivide
    I’d rather panthers get Welch then Hargraves and I agree that young Blore will make a good edge forward
    I like Edwards but he lacks ball playing skill the panthers should chase Joey manu and play him at fullback

  7. Bird back to the dragons needs to happen. As for redv13 comments keyboard warrior gets your facts right. No issues with McGregor and bird you goose. He left to get a start even though McGregor wanted to keep him. But at the time Illawarra dragons couldn’t keep all the young talent we had coming through. Plus when Flanagan becomes assistant coach at the dragons next year it will be another bonus for bird to flourish. You wait and see it will be the signing needed!

  8. No worries Toxic. My information is spot on champ. Illawarra Dragons???? you are a muppet clearly. What next you’ll go into bat for Jackson Hastings too……

  9. Toddy.. What about young Charlie Staines. Player of the year in Jersey Flegg at fullback & looked the goods playing Canterbury Cup. Plenty of pace , backs up well & looks a good positional player.

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