Having been dropped by the Maroons after a disappointing Origin opener, the writing is well and truly on the wall for Broncos forward Sam Thaiday.
According to The Courier-Mail, Thaiday won’t be re-signed by the Broncos when his contract expires at the end of next season, leaving the veteran with the choice to either retire or move on to another club.
“Next year will be the end for Sam with us, he knows that,” said Broncos coach Wayne Bennett. “Sam has a long-term future at the Broncos beyond football and I still want him to be part of the club in some way.”
“I guess it’s up to him if he wants to retire next year, but I just know we won’t be re-signing Sam and I’ve told him that.”
The thought of Thaiday donning another club’s colours just doesn’t seem right, so we’d hope that he’d have a farewell tour in the Super League if he’s not yet ready to hang up his boots (like Kurt Gidley), rather than linger around for an extra two years at the Gold Coast (like Wally Lewis); but that’s obviously not our decision to make.
What we do know is that Thaiday won’t be playing with Brisbane in 2019. On that, Bennett couldn’t have been any more clear.
Thaiday has played 269 matches for the Broncos since his debut in 2003, as well as 29 Origins for Queensland, and 34 Tests for Australia.