Sam Thaiday’s time at the Broncos to draw to an end

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    Long-serving forward Sam Thaiday has been told his time at NRL club Brisbane will end after next season.

    The 32-year-old has spent his entire 268-game career at the Broncos, winning the 2006 premiership.

    “Next year will be the end for Sam with us,” Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett told News Corp Australia.

    It compounds a difficult period for Thaiday, who lost his place in Queensland’s State of Origin team after game one.

    While he could opt to attempt to continue his career at another club, Bennett said Thaiday would have a role at the club in an off-field capacity after his playing career.

    Thaiday has played 16 games this season.

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      July 17th 2017 @ 1:44pm
      Nat said | July 17th 2017 @ 1:44pm | ! Report

      29 Origins, 32 Test Matches and he should reach the 300 club next year. He is a character and gentleman. Good on you Sammy. He’s still got another 30 odd games to keep us entertained.

    • July 17th 2017 @ 2:04pm
      John said | July 17th 2017 @ 2:04pm | ! Report

      I think Sammy was on the decline and he admitted as such after sustaining that injury in the four nations. I would say this decision to move him on from the playing ranks is as much his choice as it is Bennett’s.

      Great servant of Bronco’s particularly when you consider he did state he would be willing to sacrifice some of his salary to help retain Milf.

    • July 17th 2017 @ 2:04pm
      Craig said | July 17th 2017 @ 2:04pm | ! Report

      You would think he’ll only play 15 odd games next year based on his form and age. Next year is definitely time for him, if not sooner…

      A wonderful servant of the club and a great player and seemingly great bloke. Thanks Sammy, we appreciate you and wish you all the best. Lets finish this year with some success!

    • July 17th 2017 @ 2:49pm
      Kreig said | July 17th 2017 @ 2:49pm | ! Report

      One of my absolute favourite players! A character, refreshingly-honest, a gentleman, devoted club man, and has been a stalwart of the pack for many years.

      I’m pissed off at QRL for not ensuring Sammy got a deserved celebration for services rendered to the Maroons.

      Simply leave.

      That’s the message they sent, even if it wasn’t the intention.

      Sammy, keep being you mate. You’re freakin’ awesome!

      • July 17th 2017 @ 8:35pm
        Craig said | July 17th 2017 @ 8:35pm | ! Report

        I thought both he and Myles should’ve got a send-off this year, but might have distracted the team. Both with 30+ origins.

        I’d like them both to be ruled out of selection for next year but given a send-off with a chance for a presentation or a few words etc at some point, preferably in Brissy.

    • July 17th 2017 @ 7:55pm
      Thomas C said | July 17th 2017 @ 7:55pm | ! Report

      He’s been down on form for a couple years compared to his peak. Wayne switching between him and Glenn was either a lack of faith or an attempt to motivate him to find another gear. So you can view it as a form slump/player mismanagement or a player who was given multiple years to show form and instead showed slowing down. However, i’m not sure we should have an expectation of forwards continuing that far into their 30s. Not everyone is Brad Thorn.

    • July 18th 2017 @ 12:11pm
      Larry1950 said | July 18th 2017 @ 12:11pm | ! Report

      Channel 9 news headlines, Sam Thaiday sacked by the Broncos! Seriously, slightly overweight forward nearing 35 when his contract (to be honoured) expires, what sane coach wouldn’t be planning for the next phase. They’ve lost big Herman E’ese because of cap constraints, have to keep the younger guys now.
      Has done his bit for the club, like Corey Parker & those before him.

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