Broncos legend Corey Parker has urged the club to immediately cut ties with Payne Haas in an angered response to the prop’s release request.

Haas has two years remaining on his contract at Red Hill and, on a salary of around $800,000 per season, is among the club’s highest-paid players.

However, the Kangaroos and NSW Blues star’s management have been pursuing an upgrade over the last several months reportedly worth more than $1 million a season.

With the Broncos playing hardball and refusing to meet his demands, Haas dropped a bomb on Wednesday night when he wrote to Broncos officials asking for an immediate release.

The request was swiftly denied by Brisbane, who declared Haas would see out the remainder of his contract while the club continued to discuss an extension with his management. 

However, Parker, a former club captain, has lit the fuse and called on Broncos management to cut ties with Haas immediately.

“This player, while he’s a terrific player, at no stage in the Broncos history has one player been bigger than the club,” Parker said on Fox League on Thursday night.

“I would let Payne Haas go right now, right now. I would let him go.

“There’s an argument that Payne gets what he wants but from a club’s perspective, if you have a player inside your four walls that does not want to be there, he’s thrown all the toys out of the cot, he’s said ‘nup I want an immediate release’.

“This is after five straight wins, if you’re sitting there doing your boots up and you’re looking across – and yes he’s a good player and yes he’s going to play well – but this player doesn’t want to be there.

“He’s getting very, very well paid. To me, it shows a real reflection on Payne.

“They hold their integrity high in regards to the way they’ve looked after him throughout that period but at the moment – let him go.

“If you don’t want to play for the Broncos, don’t play. It’s just ridiculous after what the club has done for him.”

The Broncos have stood by Haas amidst a range of off-field dramas involving the 24-year-old since he debuted with the club in 2018.

Parker was in disbelief Haas was pushing for an upgrade midway through his current contract after the way he’s been looked after by the club.

“When Payne Haas first got to the club, he was an 18-year-old, he was signed for four years after three games and a shoulder reconstruction,” Parker added.

“Never in the club’s history have they done that, signed a middle forward to a long-term deal on around $600,000.

“In that time, they have off their own bat, through goodwill, upgraded his deal. Normally when a club upgrades they want an extension, they didn’t do that, just upgraded.

“Since that time they’ve helped him through misdemeanours, three or four or five of those, and now he’s at a stage where he’s getting very well paid, very well paid. I believe he’s on somewhere around $750,000-$800,000.

“He’s gone to the club and asked for an upgrade and an extension, around the $1 million mark.”

Shortly after news broke that he had asked for a release, the Broncos publically outlined they would continue dialogue with Haas and his management regarding the prop’s future at the club.

“Payne Haas is contracted to the Brisbane Broncos until the end of the 2024 NRL Season,” a club statement read. “The club will not be entertaining a release. 

“The club remains in ongoing discussions with Payne’s management about what the next phase looks like for him at the Broncos.

“That includes ongoing dialogue about an extension to his current contract.”

Haas is yet to go into depth on the matter but posted on Instagram on Thursday saying he was committed to playing for Brisbane – for now. 

“All that matters is we’ve got a game tomorrow night and all my focus is on that,” he wrote.

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