LATEST: Payne Haas has broken his silence by taking to Instagram. He posted a message declaring how he will continue to play for the Broncos – at least for now – after having his request for an immediate release denied.
“All that matters is we’ve got a game tomorrow night and all my focus is on that,” he wrote.
UPDATE: The Broncos have moved quickly to release a statement on Thursday afternoon.
“Payne Haas is contracted to the Brisbane Broncos until the end of the 2024 NRL Season,” the statement says. “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.”
EARLIER: Broncos superstar Payne Haas has requested an immediate release from his contract with the Brisbane Broncos.
According to multiple reports, a communication breakdown regarding a contract extension has seen Haas push for a release from the final two years of his contract overnight to test his market value.
The NSW Blues and Kangaroos middle forward is currently signed at Red Hill until the end of 2024 on a deal worth around $800,000 per season.
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The 22-year-old and the Broncos had been in negotiations over an upgrade late last year when talks broke down over a dispute with Haas’ management company.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports Haas and his former manager Chris Orr are currently locked in a civil lawsuit over unpaid commission fees.
Orr reportedly negotiated a six-year extension with the Broncos that would’ve made Haas the highest-earning prop in the game.
It’s claimed Haas refused to accept the big-money offer while engaged in an ongoing legal battle with his former management.
The Broncos are yet to make comment on the latest developments over Haas’ future.
Haas was seen at Broncos HQ for a captain’s run on Thursday however it’s unclear whether or not he’ll suit up to face the Titans on Friday night.
News of Haas’ push for a release from the Broncos comes as new franchise The Dolphins desperately search for a marquee signing for their introduction into the competition next year.
Haas has played 70 games for the Broncos since his NRL debut in 2018, plus seven Origin matches for NSW and two Tests for Australia.