Boyd to stay for $ 3.5m

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - PETER BADEL RIKKI- LEE ARNOLD

DAR­IUS Boyd will fin­ish his ca­reer at the Bron­cos with the Bris­bane skip­per to re­ceive a $ 3.5 mil­lion pay­day – the big­gest con­tract of his glit­ter­ing NRL ca­reer.

News Corp Aus­tralia can re­veal Bron­cos chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul White is in the fi­nal stages of bro­ker­ing a four- year deal to keep the off- con­tract Boyd at Red Hill un­til the end of 2021.

White will meet with Boyd’s man­ager Ge­orge Mimis in Syd­ney to­mor­row with a view to fi­nal­is­ing the multi- mil­lion­dol­lar up­grade after Fri­day night’s clash against Par­ra­matta at ANZ Sta­dium.

The Bron­cos plan to for­mally an­nounce the deal in the next two to three weeks.

Bris­bane have signed eight top- lin­ers in four months, erod­ing their spend­ing power un­der the salary cap, but coach Wayne Ben­nett last night con­firmed they have the funds to make Boyd a Bronco for life.

“We won’t be los­ing Dar­ius,” Ben­nett said.

“Paul White is han­dling the ne­go­ti­a­tions more than I am but it’s all good. The deal will be done.

“Dar­ius will fin­ish his ca­reer here. He never wanted to leave the Bron­cos in the first place, it was never his do­ing – he was told he wasn’t wanted.

“But he’s wanted now and Dar­ius will be stay­ing here.”

Ben­nett fa­mously had to is­sue Boyd a life­line to join him at the Dragons in 2009 after the then Bron­cos rookie was not of­fered a con­tract ex­ten­sion by Bris­bane’s for­mer hi­er­ar­chy.

Now Ben­nett is pre­sid­ing over the big­gest deal of Boyd’s ca­reer.

The Bron­cos skip­per will pocket al­most $ 900,000 a sea­son, mak­ing him Bris­bane’s sec­ond high­est- paid player be­hind $ 1 mil­lion man An­thony Mil­ford.

Just turned 30, Boyd had op­por­tu­ni­ties to head else­where but chose to stay loyal in his mis­sion to be the cap­tain that breaks Bris­bane’s 11- year pre­mier­ship drought.

The new deal will give the Ma­roons Ori­gin ace the chance to play more than 350 NRL matches and join Bris­bane’s elite 200- game club.

“I’m not go­ing any­where which is good,” said Boyd.

“I never wanted to leave in the first place.

“It’s been my favourite club since I was a six- year- old boy. I used to yell at the TV when they would lose.

“To be cap­tain of the club now ... I still don’t feel it’s quite real but hope­fully we can win the comp while I’m here.”

Boyd trained strongly yes­ter­day and is ex­pected to re­turn from a bro­ken thumb against the Eels.

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