The Courier-Mail

Staggs call crucial before Broncos enter Reynolds race

- TRAVIS MEYN AND PETER BADEL

BRONCOS coach Kevin Walters has declared Brisbane’s interest in South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds is hinging on the club’s quest to re-sign Kotoni Staggs.

Reynolds is in a contract spat with the Rabbitohs after only being offered a one-year extension and has been linked with a move to Red Hill.

Walters’ decision to drop offcontrac­t five-eighth Anthony Milford to the Intrust Super Cup this weekend further intensifie­d speculatio­n that Reynolds could be Brisbane-bound.

However the Broncos’ recruitmen­t committee decided on Monday to not pursue Reynolds until they receive clarity on Staggs’ (pictured) future.

The Broncos have discussed a three or four-year extension with Staggs worth $700,000-aseason, with the potential for the

Tongan internatio­nal to play five-eighth.

Walters said the club would wait until Staggs made a decision on his future before pursuing other marquee players.

“No, we’re going to sit tight at the moment,” he said when asked if the Broncos would make Reynolds an offer.

“We have Kotoni Staggs we are still trying to sort it, he is our priority and once we get him sorted we will make some decisions.

“We’ve ruled out doing anything until we get a decision from Kotoni first.”

Staggs, 22, is understood to have told some teammates he is keen to stay in Brisbane.

However the deal is not done and at least two Sydney clubs, along with the Gold Coast Titans, have made huge plays for the dynamic ball-runner.

“A lot of clubs would hinge their futures on Kotoni, everyone knows what he can do,” his Broncos teammate and close friend Pat Carrigan said.

“He’s a good mate of mine and I know what I think of him. The club knows what they think of him.

“We’ve got some good relationsh­ips and plenty of potential so fingers crossed he stays at the club.”

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