Kotoni Staggs has lastly shut the door on a possible Brisbane exit, committing to the Broncos for an additional 4 years in a uncommon recruitment win for the battling NRL membership.
Final 12 months’s Dally M centre of the 12 months has been rehabilitating a knee damage on the sidelines this season whereas rival golf equipment fought arduous with the Broncos for his signature.
Coach Kevin Walters made Staggs a precedence signing and ultimately acquired his man, with the 22-year-old introduced on a deal that may hold him on the membership till the top of 2025.
His retention comes after the membership misplaced David Fifita final season and rising abilities Tom Dearden and Reece Walsh already this season.
Twenty-year-old winger Xavier Coates can also be being closely pursued by the Melbourne Storm though Brisbane have re-signed Jordan Riki and one other rising expertise Brendan Piakura this season.
Walters can also be available in the market for an skilled half and there’s a probability Staggs could possibly be given an opportunity in a playmaking function as soon as he returns later this 12 months.
The coach mentioned Staggs had “grown up watching the Broncos win premierships and needs to win one himself”.
“My future is right here on the Broncos – I’ve at all times been instructed to chase my dream and my dream as a younger child was to be right here on the Broncos, and I’ll be right here for an additional 4 years – I am actually joyful,” Staggs mentioned.
“We have rather a lot to sit up for as a membership … I wish to proceed to develop and assist the youthful gamers out and be a pacesetter and a mentor.”
Staggs has been caught in two separate drunken off-field incidents within the final 12 months whereas he was additionally a sufferer of a revenge porn scandal.
“I’ve made errors off the sphere however I am studying my classes and from right here onwards I wish to be the very best individual I may be and be a task mannequin, it is as much as me to get my head in the best place and transfer ahead,” he mentioned.
“I am right here to ship a message out to the followers that I am right here to remain on the Brisbane Broncos, that is the membership that I at all times dreamed of taking part in for and it is my dwelling.”