As the saga rolls on with no end in sight, the Brisbane Broncos have made the astonishing decision to withdraw their offer for Melbourne centre Greg Inglis.

Inglis was given a deadline in which he had to sign  a 2 year, $1.2 million contract by Friday with Brisbane, but not surprisingly, in light of the recent legal fiasco, that didn’t materialise, and thus the Broncos withdrew their offer.

The Broncos were patient throughout the whole affair, waiting a remarkable 14 weeks for Inglis to make the decision as to where he would play in season 2011, but the offer was withdrawn this afternoon.

The initial plan of attack from Brisbane was to sign Inglis to the club as a replacement for AFL-bound Israel Folau, but this matter was only made more complicated in light of legal clashes between Inglis and the Storm.

In spite of all this however, Inglis could have still decided to sign with Brisbane, which could have been officially registered, once Inglis’s legal complications were sorted.

Ultimately, the Broncos walked away from the deal as they thought it was the right thing for them to do.

“We have worked long and hard on these negotiations, as have the other parties,” Broncos chief executive Bruno Cullen said.

“But with training already underway and no sign of the matter being resolved in a manner that would benefit the Broncos and its playing roster, it is time for the club to move on.

“We think it is an honour to represent our club and thus felt compelled to place a deadline of this afternoon for Greg to sign the contract he and his manager had agreed to.

“He was unable to commit to the club so we felt we had to make this call.”

The Storm will re-assess their cap situation as they look to fit Inglis into their side, but this seems unlikely, meaning that Inglis will officially become a free agent on Monday.

Despite their withdrawal, the Broncos state that they are more than pleased with their current squad, and chased Inglis given his standing in rugby league.

“When the possibility of Greg coming to the Broncos arose some months ago, the club always said it was entering negotiations only because of the stature of the player involved,” Cullen said.

“But we also said at the time that we were very happy and confident in the squad we had assembled.

“That statement still holds today.

“We know that this move will ensure the club is able to keep our current crop of talent together for many seasons to come.”

The news will shock some Brisbane fans, as they were planning on seeing him run out in their jersey for season 2011.

By ricky

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