In a huge boost to the Broncos’ future premiership prospects, the club re-signed forwards Tevita Pangai Junior (23), Matt Lodge (24), and Joe Ofahengaue on three year deals.
With the trio making up 3 of the Broncos’ top 8 forwards in terms of on field productivity in the 2019 season, there retention was paramount.
Round 16, 2019 productivity data – forwards
On the back of securing Queensland born Patrick Carrigan (22) until the end of 2022, and boom youngster Payne Haas (19) until the end of 2024, the re-signing of Lodge, Pangai Junior and Ofahengaue, means the Broncos have secured the majority of the club’s productive forwards for the short to medium term.
That said, the club are still to re-sign the hugely productive forward, centre, winger, and fullback Corey Oates for beyond this season. Securing Oates signature, along with that of centre, wing and fullback options Izaia Perese, Herbie Farnwoth, and Richie Kenner, halves, hooker and fullback options Troy Dargan, Jake Turpin, and Sean O’Sullivan, and forward George Fai will be challenging.
Particularly considering consistently unproductive players such as Staggs, Boyd, Bird, Gillett and McCullough, are utilising substantial salary cap space and tied to multi-year deals at the club,.
Nevertheless, the retention of all 3 players is great news for the Broncos’ current and medium term premiership prospects.