The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

Teo blow adds to Broncos troubles

- PETER BADEL

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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