Unwanted Broncos star Jack Bird is expected to sign with the Dragons when the two clubs can strike a deal to let him leave Red Hill with one year to run on his massive contract.
Bird has had a torrid run with injuries in Brisbane and wants to move home to Sydney, but the Dragons want the Broncos to pitch in a large portion of his monster contract.
“There was some Twitter activity today that Jack has done a deal with St George Illawarra,” Brent Read said on Triple M.
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“This deal is not close at the moment, but I think it will happen just because there is an appetite on both sides for it to happen.
“Now there is talks going on, but I think those talks have hit a bit of an impasse at the moment. I don’t think it has progressed to the stage where there is an agreement in place.
“There is a couple of issues at play. Jack is on a huge contract next year. He has one year left and he has a $975,000 deal.
“St George are not going to foot the entirety of that bill. Somehow they have got to work out a way where Brisbane will pitch in enough money.
“I believe Brisbane offered to put in $200,000 initially then they offered to put in $300,000 and both times the Dragons said that was not enough.”
Bird has managed just two tries in 17 games in his three seasons at the Broncos since moving from the Sharks in 2018 and didn’t play at all in 2020 due to a knee injury.
However he is a premiership winner from his time at the Sharks and at his best is an Origin player having played five games for the Blues in 2016 and 2017.
Read believes a deal will be struck because it is in both sides’ interests to make it happen. The Dragons need a strike player and the Broncos need to offload his monster contract to create a more balanced squad.
“There is certainly an appetite at the Dragons for Jack Bird,” Read said.
“There is an appetite for Brisbane to let Jack Bird go and head back to Sydney because as they understand it that is what Jack wants.
“The other challenge for the Dragons is that they would have to give him a two-year-deal so they would have to give him another year.
“That is a challenge because what is he worth? No one really knows.”
Jack Bird, Brisbane Broncos training, Red Hill. Photographer: Liam Kidston.Source:News Corp Australia
The Dragons are looking at him as a potential fullback, centre or lock, according to Read, but Warriors coach Nathan Brown believes he can play anywhere as long as he gets his body right.
“There was a suggestion they were looking at him as a fullback, but obviously Matt Dufty is there at the moment,” Read said.
“I would have thought potentially in the centres or at lock. They have Jack de Belin there, but there is obviously a question mark over him.
“As I understand it Anthony Griffin is a big fan of Jack Bird, so I think it will happen it is just a matter of when.”
“If his body holds up he can play anywhere,” Brown said.
“He is just a good player. He can play anywhere as long as he is fit.”
Originally published as$1m star’s Dragons move ‘will happen’
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