In reports out today, Wayne Bennett has apparently confirmed that Tevita Pangai Junior has verbally agreed to a new two year deal with the club, commencing in season 2019.
While the deal won’t be formalised until later in the year, when Pangai Junior’s contract with his existing player manager expires, the apparent agreement he has struck with the club represents a solid retention effort from the Broncos.
Pangai Junior has proven himself this season to be a productive forward (both in terms of run metres and offloads) as well
as being solid in defence (averaging only 2 missed tackles per game).
2018 performance data after Round 19
That said, then Broncos desperately need to lock down Oates, Carrigan and Lodge to long term contracts.
Lodge and Oates have been far and away the Broncos most productive contributors in the NRL this season in terms of run metres. The team would have and would significantly struggle to make it out of their own half without the carries of those two players.
Carrigan on the other hand, like Haas, has been absolutely dominating the opposition in the Intrust Super Cup, averaging 139 run metres, 2 missed tackles and 1 offload per match.
Securing the long term future of those 3 players should be the Broncos’ priority now that Haas’ future is secured.