After being informed by Broncos coach Wayne Bennett that he wouldn’t be retained beyond 2018, Sam Thaiday didn’t rule out playing on in the NRL, saying that “there’s 15 other clubs out there“. We’re still a long way out from needing to worry about it, but at least one club would be open to the idea.
According to Fox Sports, Titans coach Neil Henry is a fan of the veteran forward, and thinks he still has a few good years left.
“I think his leadership would be fantastic, and we’re on the Coast, we’re not far away from where he lives,” Henry said. “He’s certainly a player you’d look at, because he’s a classy player and I think he could play another couple of years.”
“But he’s contracted to next year anyway, so we’ll wait and see.”
Thaiday would be a great fit at the Titans, assuming he still has a bit of tread left on the tyres by then. Despite having one of the best young spines on the competition, their forward pack leaves a lot to be desired, and a bit of veteran leadership would go a long way as the club develops their next generation of forwards.
Whether he ultimately plays on in 2019 remains to be seen, but he’ll no doubt be pleased to know that he’s likely to have at least one option.