Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Since making his NRL debut for the Brisbane Broncos in 2018 Payne Haas has consistently been the club’s best player.
His individual dominance has single-handedly won games for the Broncos and has seen him become a State of Origin player for New South Wales and an international star for Australia.
Brisbane are currently within reach of the top four and are having their best season since Haas started playing first grade.
Despite this it was revealed in late May that Haas had requested a release from his contract which was not granted but the prop’s future at the Broncos is still very clouded.
Once word of his request became public, Haas opened up on the situation when being interviewed by The Courier Mail’s Peter Badel.
“I’d like to stay,” said Haas.
“I don’t know what happens now.
“I don’t want to talk about the release stuff.
“I’ll let my manager handle that side of things and hopefully they can work things out.”
Sources with knowledge of negotiations told the Herald the request for a release came after a breakdown in contract negotiations with Broncos powerbrokers | @MichaelChammas @proshenks @Danny_Weidler https://t.co/SucwOcOJjd
— SMH Sport (@SMHsport) May 26, 2022
Haas is currently under contract with the Broncos until the end of 2024 but this situation could see him leave as soon as the end of this year.
Multiple NRL clubs have been rumoured to be interested in Haas including the Gold Coast Titans and Sydney Roosters but Haas could opt to leave the code entirely as The Sydney Morning Herald’s Adrian Proszenko is reporting that there are European Rugby clubs keen on signing the 22-year-old.
“Payne Haas could be tempted to make a shock cross-code switch after receiving big-money offers to play rugby union in Europe,” said Proszenko.
“Several European clubs have already registered an interest should Haas become available.”
Broncos fans will be hoping that this situation does not escalate again before the end of 2022 as that could seriously derail their premiership hopes.
Kevin Walters side has lost their last two games putting them in a tough enough predicament as it is.
However, they will be hosting the Newcastle Knights next Saturday in a game they should be expected to win comfortably.
No matter where Haas ends up he will be hoping to have a big finals series to get the most out of his next contract.