The Broncos are going to desperate lengths to try and keep superstar David Fifita at the club.
The Courier Mail reports the club has told injured outside back Jack Bird he is free to exit the club immediately as it looks to free up salary cap space to throw more cash at Fifita.
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Speaking on NRL 360, The Courier Mail’s Pete Badel revealed Bird is free to negotiate with rivals.
“A major development for the Broncos, they have told Jack Bird, they’re injure-prone utility he is free to leave immediately,” he said.
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Fifita is currently weighing up a mega $1.25 million per season offer from the Titans versus what the Broncos can offer, around $700,000 a year.
Bird, who is contracted with the Broncos until the end of this year with a player option for 2021, is earning just under $1 million a year.
The Broncos are reportedly open to pay close to $400,000 in a transfer deal, freeing up over $500,000 in their cap, which could be used to beef up Fifita’s offer.
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“They are looking to free up funds in the cap and they are prepared to subsidise a transfer to either the Bulldogs, Dragons or Sharks for Jack Bird and that will free up about $500,000 in the cap to try and keep David Fifita,” Badel said.
“So it’s another play by the Broncos, they’re trying to free up funds, they think they can keep Fifita.”
Bird, a former NSW Origin centre, has played just 17 games for the Broncos in three years due to a cruel run of injuries, including his latest, a torn ACL suffered in 2019.
The clubs Bird could land at are his former club the Sharks, his junior club the Dragons or the Bulldogs who have a $3 million war chest to spend.
Club legend, board member and part of the recruitment team, Darren Lockyer said the decision is entirely up to Bird.
“It’s up to Jack what he wants to do,” Lockyer said.
“I’m not aware if he wants out but it’s Jack’s call. He does have a contract with us next year, but if he feels like he will get back to his best physical and mental health at another club in Sydney, then it’s a decision only he can make.”