Brisbane Broncos coach Kevin Walters says he is keen to keep Payne Haas at the club and is hopeful a resolution can be found with the forward.
The Broncos are flying this season and are out to finish in the top four. However they have an issue to deal with after Haas requested to be released from his contract earlier this week.
The 22-year-old is under contract until the end of the 2024 season but he is looking for an upgrade on the $800,000 a season deal. The Broncos knocked back the request and Haas then asked to be released.
Brisbane also said that would not be happening and he took to the field against the Titans on Friday night. The Broncos fans made their feelings clear when booing the player during the 35-24 win.
Speaking after the game Kevin Walters offered some support for Haas and says it is important everyone sits down to find a solution that involves Haas being a part of the club.
“I’m really confident we can sit down with Payne’s management and sort something out,” Walters told reporters. “We’re not going to release him. He’s been a big part of our club for a few years now and will be a big part, I believe, into the future.
“He has been a wonderful player for us and he is the best prop in the game so we don’t want to lose the best prop in the game. It has happened in the last 24-48 hours so we will sit down with Payne and his management and have a good discussion.
“We want to sit down with his management team and sort something out. That is what we will have to get to in the next couple of weeks.
“He showed his commitment tonight to playing for this club and whilst he has got a Broncos jersey on he will continue to do that.”