The player exodus at the Broncos could get worse, as form utility David Stagg ponders an attractiveÂ offer by theÂ Bulldogs – however the deal is reliant on Brisbane letting the respected player leave his existing deal earlier than expected.
The Bulldogs have worked overtime to lure the 25-year-old to Belmore, after they recently booted Reni Maitua for repeated offences.
It’s believed new coach Kevin Moore is a big fan of Stagg and believes the speedy Bronco could be a good fit as the club continues to forge a new image on and off the field.
Broncos boss Bruno Cullen has hinted at considering a release for StaggÂ butÂ ultimately they wereÂ keen for him to stay.
“If David came to us and said he had a fantastic offer and he wanted to go we would give it due consideration,” Cullen said.
“We know the Bulldogs are talking to him and it could be they can offer him a longer term deal.”
Stagg was also chased by UK Super League outfit Salford but chose to remain in Brisbane, but a move to Sydney is not out of the question, especially with former mates Ben Hannant and Michael Ennis already at Belmore and his old coach now long gone.
Broncos coach Ivan HenjakÂ was quick to confirmÂ Stagg was a big part of his and the Broncos’ 2009 plans.
“He has indicated his intention to take up his option for 2009 and until he says something different we will go forward as planned,” Henjak said.
Stagg has the attractive utility value of being able to cover the positions of pivot, centre, lock, second-row or hooker, and the possbility of losing new BroncoÂ Aaron Gorrell to injury could have seen Stagg switched to hooker for a period.
But a Brisbane doctorÂ has given AaronÂ Gorrell and his injury the all-clear to continue with his pre-season training.
“Aaron felt a click in the knee which required surgery in 2007 and there was minor swelling,” Cullen said.
“Thankfully, there are no problems.”
Gorrell has signed for only 12 months and this has contributed to speculationÂ Gold CoastÂ hooker Nathan Friend could join Brisbane in 2010, with contract negotiations at the Gold Coast at a standstill.