Brisbane Broncos captain Graham Mannering has signed a contract extension that will keep him at the club through the 2021 season.
Key points:Mannering’s deal runs until the end of the 2019 season, when he will become an unrestricted free agentThe Broncos will not pay Mannerings salary salary in 2017, but have made him an unrestricted, unrestricted free to sign him as a salary cap casualtyThis means Mannerers salary will be guaranteed until 2021Mannerings has been on the Broncos’ radar for a while, with the 27-year-old touted as a potential future star for the club.
“I’m really pleased to be here,” Manneries said on Monday.
“It’s really nice to be back in the Broncos family.”
Manneries’ deal with the Broncos runs until 2019, when his salary will become guaranteed.
The Broncos had been linked with Mannerys move to the Gold Coast, but he has been linked to a move to Sydney in recent weeks.
Mannerys contract with the Brisbane Broncos runs through to the end at the end 2017.
The move to Brisbane will help the Broncos retain key players such as Mitchell Pearce, Tom Liberatore, David Mead and Ben Hunt.
“Graham is a leader and he’s been really involved in all the work we’ve done at the Broncos,” Broncos coach Wayne Bennett said on Friday.
“He’s really helped us get to where we are now and he knows his place in the team.”
“He’ll be an important part of that for years to come.”
Broncos assistant coach Wayne Barnes said Mannerying would add to the club’s squad, which already includes Luke Lewis, Jordan Kahu, Josh McGuire and Brad Arthur.
“Mannerying’s contract is a very important addition to the team,” Barnes said.
“We know he’s a quality player and we look forward to seeing him play in the future.”
Manning’s move to Gold Coast was first reported by Fox Footy on Friday night.