Payne Haas has reportedly backflipped on his decision to leave Red Hill, with the Blues enforcer expected to honour his existing deal.
Brisbane Broncos forward Payne Haas has reportedly backflipped on his decision to leave Red Hill, with the State of Origin enforcer expected to honour his existing deal with the club.
Last week, the 22-year-old requested a release from his $800,000-a-year contract after his management asked for a pay rise.
His camp was reportedly seeking $1 million for the 2023 and 2024 seasons, plus a one-year upgrade of $1.2 million for 2025.
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The Broncos fired back via a statement on its website: “Payne Haas is contracted to the Brisbane Broncos until the end of the 2024 NRL Season. 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.”
But according the The Courier Mail, Haas has withdrawn his request for a release following a series of crisis talks between the two parties.
“I hope the boos ring out in his ears forever,” News Corp journalist Paul Crawley told Fox League’s NRL 360 on Tuesday evening.
“And I hope it serves as a warning to every greedy player.”
The talented front-rower was named in the New South Wales squad on Sunday, having previously represented the Blues in seven State of Origin games and played two Tests for Australia.
He has won the Paul Morgan Medal for the Broncos’ Player of the Year three times.
“Obviously we haven’t played (State of Origin) in Sydney for a while and it sucked that we couldn’t play in Newcastle last year either,” Haas said on Tuesday.
“We had to play all three games in Queensland last year so it is going to be pretty cool to get a game in Sydney with 80,000 people again.
“I can’t wait to do that walk down the tunnel and run out on the field in front of all the Blues supporters. I want to do them proud.”
During Friday’s comeback victory over the Gold Coast Titans, boos erupted from the crowd at Suncorp Stadium seemingly every time he touched the ball.