BRISBANE seems to be out of the race for Ash Taylor after re-signing aspiring halfback Kodi Nikorima for the subsequent three NRL seasons.
The deal, introduced on Monday, ensures Nikorima will keep put at Red Hill until no less than the top of 2020.
The 23-year-old is seen by the Broncos because the long-term halves associate for Anthony Milford, who additionally signed a multi-year extension earlier this season.
They had been linked to a attainable transfer for Gold Coast star Taylor, who is about to develop into one of many recreation’s most in-demand gamers as he approaches the top of his present deal in 2018.
But with veteran Benji Marshall additionally reportedly provided a brand new contract for subsequent yr, it seems any plans they needed to poach Broncos junior Taylor can be shelved.
Nikorima has served a utility position for the Broncos however has made no secret of his want to turn out to be a full-time playmaker, and he’ll get his probability when Ben Hunt shifts to St George Illawarra subsequent season.
“I see myself as a half and that’s where I want to play,” he advised reporters on Monday.
“(Wayne Bennett) simply stated there’s a chance right here for me and that just about bought it for me.
“I’d be mendacity if I stated I wasn’t wanting elsewhere however in saying that, my primary precedence was to remain on the membership.”
Broncos CEO Paul White stated he was delighted to lock in Nikorima, who was born in New Zealand however has been with the membership since he was an adolescent.
“He showed everyone just what he can do in his favoured position of the halves when given a stint there this season,” he stated.
Veteran Broncos ahead Sam Thaiday stated he might see Nikorima turning into a “big part” of the membership’s future.
“Very electric, still young and has got a lot of good footy in front of him,” he stated.
“We saw that this year with Benny Hunt out injured, Kodi really stepped into that role and I think we won five out of six games when Kodi was playing in the halves.”