Mark Geyer excited by ‘All Star pack’ as Broncos close in on Ben Te’o signing

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Ben Te’o is set to be signed by the Broncos after the club created room to move in their salary cap due to the departure of Andrew McCullough to the Knights.

According to Triple M’s Ben Dobbin, the former Broncos back-rower and South Sydney premiership star’s signing is imminent.

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“The big story to come out of this (Andrew McCullough’s departure) is that while Brisbane have been training on the main field at Red Hill over at the old field where the Broncos have always trained Ben Te’o has been training with some Broncos trainers,” Dobbin told Triple M.

“The rugby union player has been training for the last three weeks on his own.

“I saw him a couple of weeks ago and he said I am still contracted to the Sunwolves. Well the Sunwolves are folding because of Super Rugby.

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“I’ve spoken to the Broncos and they have been to the NRL to see how much they could put him under there and now Andrew McCullough has gone there is room in the cap for Ben Te’o to join the Brisbane Broncos.

“It will happen. It might not happen this week, but in the next two weeks Ben Te’o at 33 years of age will finish his career at the Broncos.

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“What a handy bloke to have for a bit of leadership. he can play in the centres. He can play on the edge. A great bench player and it will strengthen their bench.”

Mark Geyer believes Te’o is the ideal fit for the Broncos boom young pack.

Ben Te’o during his stint playing rugby for England.Source:Getty Images

“He’s exactly what they need,” Geyer said.

“That is an astute signing for McCullough at the Knights and Te'o’ at the Broncos. That is a win, win for both clubs because now you put Lodge, Haas, Carrigan, Flegler, Fifita, Pangai Jr, Ofahengaue and skipper Alex Glenn. It is almost an All Star pack.”

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Stumbling block that dashed Josh Reynolds’ fairytale Bulldogs return

Hopes of a fairytale return to Belmore have been squashed for Josh Reynolds with the former State of Origin half to remain with the Wests Tigers.

Negotiations over a switch to Canterbury have stalled after the clubs failed to reach an agreement on how his salary, believed to be around $750,000 a season, would be divided.

While the Bulldogs are in the market for players, their former cult hero would command too much of their salary cap for 2020, with the Tigers unwilling to pay top dollar for him to play at a rival club.

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On Friday Bulldogs coach Dean Pay said it was difficult to make agreements with clubs for players on huge wages while keeping the salary cap in balance.

“From our point of view it’s something that’s gone off the boil to a certain degree,” he said.

“When there’s large sums of money involved it’s hard to manage that side of the cap and that’s where it gets really difficult to manage.”

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Reynolds was let go by the Bulldogs at the end of 2017 after seven years and two grand finals with the club. Injury has restricted him to just 14 games for the Tigers, primarily in the halves or as a bench utility.

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However, the Bulldogs have plenty of money tied up in the halves with million- dollar star Kieran Foran shaping to return to the field in round three and Lachlan Lewis, Brandon Wakeham and Jack Cogger vying for a spot.

The Bulldogs are also dealing with several injuries from their first-grade side for the season, while Corey Harawira-Naera and Jayden Okunbor have had their contracts de-registered.

Josh Reynolds at Tigers training.Source:AAP

These holes need to be filled, but only when it is the right fit says Pay.

“It’s one of those things where we’re always looking for quality players but you’ve got to be able to fit in with what we’re doing salary-cap wise with different players so there’s a lot of different restrictions,” he said.

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Radical plans to avoid ‘complete wipe-out’

A-League club owners are reportedly discussing plans to revolutionise the competition for next season, in response to the worsening impacts of the coronavirus.

The proposals, which include halving the salary cap or reducing the season length to just 11 rounds and a shortened finals format, would represent the greatest changes to the competition structure since its founding in 2005.

More than half of the A-League’s clubs have stood down players and staff after the league was suspended last week, with growing uncertainty over when – or if – the season can be resumed.

With the financial costs of the pandemic mounting, The Daily Telegraph reports club owners are in discussions over cost-saving measures for next season.

The report claims: “well-placed sources have told News Corp Australia that a number of club owners want to reduce the salary cap by more than 50 per cent from its current $3.2 million.”

Another bold proposal would see just 11 rounds in the regular season, down from this season’s 28, followed by a shortened finals campaign.

That would likely see each of the 12 teams – assuming Macarthur FC’s entry into the competition goes ahead as planned – face each other just once in the regular season.

According to The Daily Telegraph report, that could see the league run from January to April in order to avoid clashing with the AFL and NRL if those codes extend their currently suspended seasons to the end of the year.

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A-League players and club bosses are equally uncertain about the competition’s future.

Adelaide United director of football Bruce Djite told SEN SA Breakfast on Thursday: “Football will start again. What it looks like? What the A-League looks like? Nobody knows. When it starts again? Nobody knows.”

Brisbane Roar striker Scott McDonald went even further, saying the coronavirus threatened the survival of professional football in Australia.

“I think it could be complete damage, it could be complete wipe-out,” McDonald told Wide World of Sports.

But he wasn’t on board with the proposal to slash the salary cap.

“For me, halving salary caps … just scrap the cap. Why are we even going there?” McDonald said.

“People will have different parameters of what they can and can’t work in and we just have to accept that and be able to deal with that like the rest of the world do. Why are we any different in the game?

“Certain measures have to be changed and that would be one; it can’t be the same for everyone across the board. Some clubs are going to be better off than others.

“That’s just unfortunate for some clubs and players and better for others. What do you do? It’s the same all across the board everywhere in the world, in terms of the game.

“Just cutting the salary cap down to something [more restricted] will kill the game even further, I think, and you’ll lose even better players right from the beginning.

“It might help to not have a cap to keep better players that clubs want still in the league, to see it still be successful.

“Otherwise, they’re all going to just go running away somewhere else and you won’t have a league left then.”

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