Broncos winger Corey Oates wants to play in the back row. Wayne Bennett says that if that’s where he chooses to play, he’ll have to go back to reserve grade when everyone’s available. Oates is off-contract at season’s end. We’re sure you can see where this is going.
According to 7Sport, both the Rabbitohs and Storm have expressed interest in recruiting Oates – to play in the second row.
The opportunity to play as a second rower is critical here for two reasons.
Firstly, because at this point, it’s well established that that’s the position he’d prefer to play.
And secondly, because second-rowers are worth more money than wingers.
It’s rumoured that Oates may get an opportunity to play second row this week as a result of the suspension of Jaydn Su’a, so maybe he can change Bennett’s mind.
Oates has played 97 first grade games for the Broncos, and 4 Origins for Queensland.