Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
The Brisbane Broncos were once a club that we’re able to use their gargantuan nursery to create future stars that would go on to be premiership winners with the side from Queensland’s capital.
However, in recent years they have become known as the team who can’t hold onto their promising juniors, allowing them to find form elsewhere, with Reece Walsh and David Fifita Jr both joining new clubs in 2021 and Xavier Coates off to the Storm next season.
Brisbane is desperate to rectify this issue and lockdown prospects on long-term deals which is exactly what they have done in re-signing prodigy Ezra Mam.
The 18-year-old halfback has signed a three-year deal with the Broncos after impressing with feeder club the Souths Logan Magpies in the Intrust Super Cup, with Brisbane’s Football Director and former player Ben Ikin singing his praises in a statement put out by the club earlier today.
“Ezra has come through the Broncos system and it’s been enjoyable watching him grow as a footballer,” Ikin said.
Very, very exciting news with young talent Ezra Mam signing an extension until 2024 🔥🔥
— Brisbane Broncos (@brisbanebroncos) October 29, 2021
“His transition into senior footy last year showcased not only his great natural ability but also a high level of toughness for someone so young.
“Ezra will now have the opportunity to learn from one the game’s best playmakers in Adam Reynolds over the coming years – it’s a great result for both Ezra and for the Broncos.
“It’s a great result for both Ezra and for the Broncos.”
Former premiership winner and 2021 runner up Adam Reynolds will be joining the Broncos in 2022 as their first string halfback on a three-year deal, meaning he will be 34 and likely retiring at the end of said contract.
Mam’s development over the next three seasons is crucial, as if he continues to grow and develop his game it is likely the Broncos will have a lucrative offer waiting for him, so he can be Brisbane’s number seven from 2025 onwards.
The 2021 Intrust Super Cup Rookie of the Year will, for now, look to continue growing as a halfback and strive for premiership glory in Queensland with the Souths Logan Magpies.