Suspended Bronco Ben Te’o has appealed for the club to do everything possible to keep him amid fears salary-cap pressures could force the hard-hitting utility to leave the Brisbane Broncos.
Speaking for the first time about his future, Te’o said his preference was to remain at the Broncos and hopes the club can find the funds to table a palatable offer for the Maroons hopeful.
Te’o, banned for two games on Wednesday night for a brutal shoulder charge on Tigers forward Matt Groat, is the only top-line Bronco still without a contract for 2013 after Kiwi Test star Gerard Beale signed with the Dragons last week.
The Broncos are eager to retain Te’o but concede they could be trumped by more lucrative offers from rival NRL clubs after a major retention drive that has seen the club secure 10 first-grade players in the past 12 months.
The 25-year-old is believed to have interest from Sydney clubs but would prefer to remain at the Broncos if the price is right.