The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

Teo blow adds to Broncos troubles


VETERAN Broncos forward Ben Te’o faces an uncertain future in the NRL after being ruled out for at least three months with a bicep injury.

Te’o will miss Thursday night’s clash against the unbeaten Panthers at Suncorp Stadium after scans confirmed the Broncos bench player sustained a biceps tendon rupture in their 35-6 loss to South Sydney.

Off-contract at season’s end, Te’o turns 35 in January and has yet to be offered a new deal by the Broncos. The dual internatio­nal is weighing up retirement and his latest injury setback means Te’o (below) may not play again until the final six weeks of the season. Te’o has been a popular addition to the Broncos since his return from rugby union last season but he is unlikely to be at Red Hill next season.

“Ben underwent a scan at the Clive Berghofer Centre Qscan facility and unfortunat­ely it has shown a biceps tendon rupture,” Broncos performanc­e chief Andrew Croll said.

“After consultati­on with a specialist it was decided surgery is the best course of action, which Ben will have this week.

“He’ll be unavailabl­e for selection for at least 12 weeks as he rehabilita­tes post-surgery.”

Meanwhile, the Broncos have lost another player, with fullback young gun Reece Walsh finally securing a release to join the Warriors immediatel­y.

The Walsh transfer hit a roadblock during the week when Warriors rookie Paul Turner rejected a straight swap, but Brisbane have farewelled the 18-year-old and will begin the search for a replacemen­t.

“We’re delighted Reece can join us early,” Warriors recruitmen­t manager Peter O’Sullivan said.

“It’s a great outcome because it allows him to spend invaluable time with Roger (Tuivasa-Sheck) in his final season with us.”

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