Broncos‘ head coach, Kevin Walters, confidently predicts that Payne Haas will ink a new deal with the team ahead of the NRL finals. The renewed contract will transform Haas into the highest earning player in the club’s 35-year history.
Renowned as the hottest commodity in the NRL, Haas continues to draw interest even though his current contract with the Broncos lasts until the conclusion of 2024. Speculations around his future intensified after his management confirmed the prop player’s interest in testing his market value. Various affluent NRL teams, including Storm, Dragons, and Tigers, have demonstrated interest in Haas.
However, Walters reassured fans that Haas would pen a long-term contract before other clubs could officially approach him on November 1. The Broncos are putting together an offer for multiple seasons, which could place Haas past the milestone of earning over a million per season, thereby making him the highest earner in the team’s history.
Former five-eighth Anthony Milford is the only Bronco to have broken the $1 million barrier, but Haas’ prospective agreement is anticipated to far exceed it if he pledges his future to the club. This potential contract comes at a time when the entity is grappling with salary restrictions due to heightened player prices, a consequence of their impressive resurgence following the 2020 strugglings.
The Broncos already bid adieu to Tom Flegler and Herbie Farnworth for the next season, while the contracts of several other valuable players, including Haas, are set to expire soon. Walters remains optimistic that the league’s leading forwards will buy into his long-term project, and stay in the team thus aiding their finals return.
Walters expressed his confidence about Haas’ contract renewal, expressing, “We anticipate Payne’s contract renewal in the upcoming weeks”, while speaking on Triple M’s Sunday Sin Bin.
Exuding confidence, Walters added, “He is performing exceptionally well and he’s barely 23. We’re also grooming talent such as Ezra Mam, Reece Walsh, Selwyn Cobbo, Kotoni Staggs, Pat Carrigan, and we aspire to secure all contracts in the long term”.
Walter further emphasised providing the right working ambience. “If we can offer an energetic and enjoyable workspace, that’s half the job done. I am fairly certain we will hang on to the important players”, he asserted.
It’s known that Haas is keen to commit to a competitive entity, and the positive resurgence of the Broncos strengthens their chances of retaining him.
Nevertheless, Walters doesn’t intend to give his key players a rest and remains committed to refining the team as they approach the play-offs.
“We’re going all out”, assured Walters, adding, “We’re still striving to reveal our best game. And to deliver that, we need everyone on the field. I’m not inclined towards player rest.”
“The Origin representatives have had their time-offs, and there’s an upcoming bye week. It would be less intense than usual, providing a chance for players to freshen up. Our best games are yet to come”, Walters stated optimistically.