Tristan Sailor is on the verge of signing a fresh two-year deal with the Brisbane Broncos, which will see him reject interest from other clubs and commit to making his mark at Red Hill. As the son of Broncos legend Wendell Sailor, Tristan has shown great potential as a support player for star fullback Reece Walsh. In his second appearance for the team, he made a try assist, a line-break assist, and ran for 72 meters, contributing to the Broncos‘ 24-16 victory over the Dolphins.
Despite a challenging couple of years, during which he faced and was cleared of sexual assault allegations, Sailor has overcome adversity to revive his NRL career. His talent was always evident during his time with the St George-Illawarra Dragons, and now he sees the opportunity to win a premiership with the club his father made famous as irresistible. Sailor confirmed that while there was interest from the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and the English Super League, he believes in the Broncos‘ potential to build a successful premiership team and wants to repay the club for their support.
“I should be signing that over the next few weeks, so I’m very excited to stay here. The club’s stood by me and been very good to me, so I’d like to repay the favor,” Sailor expressed. He acknowledged the competition for fullback positions across the NRL but feels confident that staying with the Broncos, learning from the likes of Adam Reynolds and Walsh, and biding his time will benefit his development. While there was interest from other clubs, such as the Bulldogs and potential opportunities in the Super League, Sailor’s love for the Broncos and the legacy his father left behind influenced his decision to stay.
Sailor has solidified his position as a fullback, delivering an exceptional season with Souths Logan in the Queensland Cup and earning his recall to the NRL. Under the guidance of former Broncos premiership winner Karmichael Hunt, Sailor has been a force to be reckoned with, averaging over 200 meters per game and providing 11 try assists and nine line-break assists in just 10 appearances. However, it is his play-making skills that could potentially see him as the successor to halfback Adam Reynolds.
Reynolds, impressed by Sailor’s performance, stated, “He does not look out of place in first-grade.” Reynolds himself is in talks for a contract extension with the Broncos and aims to continue playing until at least 2025. When the time comes for Reynolds to retire, Sailor’s history as a halfback or five-eighth could open doors for a long-term partnership with Ezra Mam.
“It could definitely be an option,” Sailor confirmed, highlighting his versatility and potential to take on a leadership role in the team.