BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 10: Jake Turpin of the Broncos passes the ball during the round nine NRL match between the Sea Eagles and Broncos at Suncorp Stadium on May 10, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Broncos youngster Jake Turpin is the latest name to be under siege from league rivals as the Warriors plan to lure the hooker away from Red Hill in part of a $1.2 million player raid.

The Broncos will struggle to hold onto key assets of their playing group as salary cap pressures continue to cause headaches with ongoing contract negotiations, as the Warriors plan a swoop for both Turpin and Brisbane star Matt Lodge.

Warriors coach and former Broncos assistant Steve Kearney successfully secured Kodi Nikorima from Brisbane over a month ago, and is believed to be pairing a swoop for the duo.

The Warriors are set to send Turpin a significant pay rise with a reported deal worth over $200,000 a season, a major increase from his current $70,000 contract with the Broncos.

The pitch follows the Warriors' $1 million a season offer for Lodge, as the New Zealand club looks to bolster their prop stocks.

Turpin, who didn't feature in Brisbane's top 30-man squad at the start of the season, has bolstered his price tag with a strong season to date, giving the off-contract youngster plenty of off-season options.

The 22-year-old has attracted interest from both the Bulldogs and Warriors, as both clubs have tabled enticing offers.

The Warriors' surge for the Broncos pair has caused a salary concern at Red Hill, as retaining both Turpin and Lodge will further stretch Brisbane's salary.

Turpin would prefer to stay with the Broncos while gaining a pay increase, but may have to look elsewhere as the Broncos will factor in a new contract for Lodge as a priority.


  1. I’ll be very, very sad if Brisbane let Turpin get away. McCullough is not playing well and hasn’t for a while, now. I think Seibold recognises that in the way he didn’t want to have McCullough as the starting hooker in his game back.

    This is a very similar situation to how the Cowboys got Jake Granville. At that point, McCullough was playing well, though.

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