A matter of weeks after penning a two year extension with the Broncos, the club have announced that centre/winger Tom Opacic is to depart the club at season’s end to take up a deal with the North Queensland Cowboys.
The Broncos’ original decision to re-sign he Redcliffe native was a questionable one, given his offensive performances this season have been have been underwhelming, and there are a number of vastly more productive centres and wingers currently on the Broncos roster.
After 25 Rounds of the NRL and 24 Rounds of the Intrust Super Cup, Opacic has only averaged 85 run metres and no line breaks per 80 minute performance.
While he has been very strong defensively, missing only 1 tackle per 80 minute performance, of those currently contracted wing and/centre options at the club, Opacic has only been the 8th most productive player for the Broncos this season.
His departure is a smart salary cap move by the Broncos and should allow them to reinvest the money in more productive players.