Kahu has no fear of fu­ture

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - PETER BADEL

JORDAN Kahu says he isn’t fear­ing for his fu­ture at Red Hill as Bris­bane’s multi- mil­lion- dol­lar re­ten­tion drive puts pres­sure on the Bron­cos’ salary- cap po­si­tion.

With the NRL fi­nals just six weeks away, Kahu re­mains with­out a con­tract for next sea­son, de­spite a fine 2017 cam­paign that has seen him emerge as Bris­bane’s lead­ing pointscorer with 146 from 17 games.

The Bron­cos have se­cured eight top- lin­ers in the past four months, in­clud­ing Cronulla’s NSW Ori­gin sen­sa­tion Jack Bird, who will bol­ster Bris­bane’s back­line next sea­son.

The likes of Josh McGuire, An­drew McCul­lough, An­thony Mil­ford and Alex Glenn have also signed up­graded deals, rais­ing con­cerns over how much money the Bron­cos have left in the salary cap to re­tain Kahu.

It is un­der­stood the War­riors are cir­cling Kahu, with coach Ste- phen Kear­ney, a for­mer Bron­cos as­sis­tant, a huge fan of the coura­geous util­ity he blooded in the Kiwi Test side two years ago.

But the Bron­cos are de­ter­mined to keep Kahu, who has found the self- be­lief to suc­ceed as an NRL player, over­com­ing two knee re­con­struc­tions to amass 59 games in the past three sea­sons.

“It’s not re­ally nerve- rack­ing at all,” Kahu said of be­ing off- con­tract. “I have been play­ing de­cent footy for a good three years now, free of se­ri­ous in­juries, so I am con­fi­dent in my abil­ity.

“It’s been good for the club ( re­tain­ing a host of stars). You can’t keep ev­ery­one, but they have man­aged to keep ‘ Gillo’ ( Matt Gil­lett), ‘ Macca’ ( McCul­lough), Alex ( Glenn) and ‘ Milly’ ( Mil­ford) as well.

“I know the con­tract stuff will hap­pen and it pops up ev­ery few years. That’s why I pay my man­ager, he can sort all that out.

“We’ll see what hap­pens, I’m let­ting my man­ager sort it out.”

CON­FI­DENT: Jordan Kahu of the Bron­cos in ac­tion dur­ing Bris­bane’s train­ing ses­sion yes­ter­day.

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