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.

    © AAP 2018

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    • Roar Guru

      July 17th 2017 @ 8:55am
      PNG Broncos fan88 said | July 17th 2017 @ 8:55am | ! Report

      Great servant for the club, one of our very best.
      Now to mentor the next generation of forwards.

      The opening half of the season wasn’t his best but sure to finish the year with a bang.
      Thanks slammin Sammy.

    • Roar Guru

      July 17th 2017 @ 9:04am
      The Barry said | July 17th 2017 @ 9:04am | ! Report

      As a NSW fan Thaiday has been a constant irritating presence but there’s a few times when he’s been the dominant forward in the game.

      He’s always stepped up when most under pressure. It’s been a great career.

      Feel for him a bit – not exactly a glowing send off from Wayne and he’s missed (so far) any sort of a deserved farewell from Origin.

    • July 17th 2017 @ 9:15am
      Worlds Biggest said | July 17th 2017 @ 9:15am | ! Report

      Fantastic player, he would be a great guy to have around the Club post retirement. Bennett has never been one for sentiment when it comes to moving on veterans !

    • July 17th 2017 @ 9:56am
      Mike L said | July 17th 2017 @ 9:56am | ! Report

      Whilst it seems/sounds a bit ruthless from the club to announce Sam’s retirement a year early, I think even Sam would admit his form has been a bit erratic over the past year or two, plus he will be 33-34 by the end of next season so probably a good time to knock it on the head..

      He will be missed by we the fans though, one of a very few characters left in the game.

      • July 17th 2017 @ 8:15pm
        Thomas C said | July 17th 2017 @ 8:15pm | ! Report

        He could use it as motivation to try and finish strongly, I guess. I think it’s reasonable to try and plan a players exit. It at least gives them a goodbye, as opposed to playing too long and having to retire abruptly or getting dropped to the reserves. It’s more gentle than an ultimatum of “perform or die”. Corey Parker retired at 34 and he was probably a benchmark on aging well. I had wondered about ST’s retirement frankly given the broncos have bench or fringe forwards (Joe, Jai Arrow, Tevita Pangai Jnr etc) who need a motivation to stay. Blair and Thaiday were the oldest forwards, and Bennett still likes what Blair does (by Wayne’s standards, it’s positively effusive). I think post Jared Wallace moving on, Bennett has probably been aware that the next generation stars need more game time and a possibility of being elevated to the big time.

    • July 17th 2017 @ 10:14am
      Bert said | July 17th 2017 @ 10:14am | ! Report

      Come down to Melbourne Storm Sammy.

      Craig and Cameron will get another couple of years out of you.

      • July 17th 2017 @ 11:59am
        Griffo said | July 17th 2017 @ 11:59am | ! Report

        After already picking up Myles and Kasiano, don’t you think that’s enough in the way of forwards who aren’t currently showing their brilliant best?

        • July 17th 2017 @ 12:46pm
          casper said | July 17th 2017 @ 12:46pm | ! Report

          Griffo, haven’t you seen the plans for the new Storm Retirement Village they are building down there

    • July 17th 2017 @ 1:10pm
      Bert said | July 17th 2017 @ 1:10pm | ! Report

      You can’t have enough forwards.

      Especially with the backs we have.

      We have the Queensland spine.

      We are losing Mclean so big Sammy would be perfect for 20-30 minutes a game.

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