Broncos release forward as he heads to rugby union

Caleb Timu

Some players always have a strong affinity with a certain sport and end up returning eventually, and Caleb Timu falls into that category.

A dynamic young player who has experience in both rugby union and rugby league, the Brisbane Broncos forward made the decision to head back to union, signing with the Queensland Reds.

The move was made official with the Reds team confirming the signing and his NRL side, the Brisbane Broncos, confirming a release.

Timu, who has played for the Broncos U20’s side and their Auckland Nines side, is yet to make his NRL debut.

Before the move was announced, he was playing with the Souths Logan Magpies in the Intrust Super Cup, and performing well.

The Broncos say there are no hard feelings between Timu and the club.

“Caleb is a fine young man and wish him every success in his future pursuits,” said Broncos Chief Executive, Paul White.

With an affinity to the game of rugby union, Timu has always been tracked by clubs and earmarked for a return to the code at some point.

With his move now confirmed, the Reds are pleased to have secured his signature.

“We’re pleased to be able to welcome Caleb (Timu) back to Rugby and to the Reds,” said Daniel Herbert, the Executive General Manager of the QLD Reds.

“He is a dynamic footballer and someone we’ve tracked since his high school days.

We expect he will offer a lot to our side over the next two years, as we continue to build our program.

Caleb will spend the next two weeks working intensively with Brad Thorn to refamiliarise himself with Rugby and will train with the Reds main squad on their return from the African tour.”

By his own admission, Timu always harboured a desire to return to rugby league to pursue his strong interest in the sport and is grateful that the Broncos gave him that chance.

“I am pleased to be returning to Rugby and joining the Reds,” said Timu.

“I know some of the players from schoolboy Rugby and am looking forward to joining the team.

“I’m grateful to the Broncos for their understanding and their support of my Rugby ambitions.”

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