A fan favourite among many Broncos fans, Broncos veteran Sam Thaiday has signed a new long-term deal for three years with the club.
Thaiday could not see himself playing anywhere else and said that whilst the deal took a while to finalise, it was always a done deal.
“It is always a hard decision and I’ve got a few new factors in my life now – I have a young family,” said the father of two girls.
“In my heart I always wanted to stay at the Broncos.
“This has been an ongoing conversation my management and the club has been having all year knowing my contract was finishing.
Back in 2002, upon graduating from high school, Thaiday went straight into the Broncos system and has never looked back since.
“We just had to iron out a few things so I could stay.
“This is where I have made my home. I came down as a kid after graduating from high school in November 2002.
“I couldn’t see myself going anywhere else, it was always a done deal.
“I’m happy to be here, and happy to be here for life.”
With the big 300-game milestone beckoning, it is an achievement that Thaiday would love to accomplish and he will re-assess a new deal when the current one ends, if his body feels right.
“I think I will assess again after the three years is done and see how the body is going,” he said.
“There might be some milestones I would like to reach – the 300 Club would be fantastic to be a part of.
“Hopefully in those three years we can do some fantastic things so come with me – especially those members.”
The club were also thrilled with the news of Thaiday staying.
“We are very pleased to be announcing his new contract tonight,” said Broncos CEO, Paul White.
“Sam has been with us since he was a teenager and grown into a wonderful player and man in his time at the Broncos.
“This also helps cap a special week as the club sets to host its first NRL Final in four years.”