Broncos superstar set to shun $800,000 offers
Strike centre Kotoni Staggs' has declared he wants to remain at the Broncos beyond this year, shifting recruitment options to a host of other off-contract prospects, led by Brisbane teammate Xavier Coates.
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The 22-year-old has become one of the NRL's best attacking centres, scoring 10 tries in 14 games during the Broncos wooden spoon 2020 season.
He was earmarked to make his Origin debut for the Blues last year but was ruled out after suffering a knee injury in Brisbane's final game of the season.
Staggs said his foreseeable future was returning from the injury by Round 14, while his long-term future would ideally see an extension with the Broncos - a move which would be a huge blow for rival clubs circling the star centre.
"I love the club," Staggs said while promoting the 2021 Broncos Deadly Choices preventive health campaign.
"Growing up as a young kid, it's where I wanted to be.
"It was a dream to play for the Broncos and Darren Lockyer was my idol.
"I don't want to be anywhere else bar here and it would be good to just stay here.
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"I want to play good footy when I get back from my injury and see what happens from there."
If Staggs does choose to re-sign with Brisbane, and Stephen Crichton extends his contract at Penrith, it would see the two hottest free agent centre options no longer on the open market.
Instead, attention would shift to the likes of Coates, Penrith's Brent Naden and Maroons flyer Dane Gagai as centre options begin to dry up for next season.
The departure of Andrew McCullough from Red Hill on Monday has freed up valuable funds for the Broncos to retain the likes of rising stars Staggs and Coates, who both come off contract at season's end.
It is understood the Broncos have already tabled an upgraded deal for Coates to stay at Red Hill after he was targeted by the likes of the Cowboys, Titans and Storm earlier this year.
The 19-year-old is set to become a crucial cog in Kevin Walters' plans for the Broncos 2021 campaign, with the young speedster expected to grab the right wing spot for the upcoming season.
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Stephen Crichton (set to re-sign with Penrith)
James Roberts (CO)
Originally published as Broncos superstar set to shun $800,000 offers