Brisbane Broncos centre Herbie Farnworth reportedly expected to sign multimillion-dollar contract extension
Brisbane Broncos center Herbie Farnworth is reportedly set to turn down huge offers from several rival NRL clubs and sign a multi-million dollar contract extension at Red Hill.
Out of contract at the end of 2023, the 23-year-old has quickly established himself as one of the most promising outside defenders on the open market, receiving lucrative offers from multiple clubs during the off-season.
But according to The courier mailthe England international is said to have verbally agreed to sacrifice thousands – as well as the chance to play fullback – and stay with the Broncos for the long haul.
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In a massive retention coup for the Broncos, Farnworth is expected to remain at Red Hill until at least the end of 2025, following a secret meeting with club bosses at a Brisbane restaurant on Tuesday night.
“Since I came to the club and met Herbie, he’s been an incredibly impressive young man,” said Broncos chief executive Dave Donaghy.
“He’s everything you want to see in a Broncos player on and off the field and he’s earned the right to be here, he’s worked really hard.
“I don’t know many 15-year-olds from England who would move to Australia to chase their dreams. Herbie is living his dream every day in the Broncos and we are very proud to have him here.
“He is highly regarded as a person and a player here and we look forward to getting him back on the pitch this year after an injury cut out in 2022.”
Farnworth has made 53 NRL appearances since making his first-class debut in 2019, scoring 10 tries in 12 games last year before a biceps injury brought his season to a premature end in Round 14.
He also represented England at last year’s Rugby League World Cup, scoring a double in the hosts’ embarrassing semi-final loss to Samoa.
The Broncos take on reigning premiers the Penrith Panthers in Round 1 of the 2023 season at BlueBet Stadium on Friday, March 3, with kick-off scheduled for 8:05pm AEDT.
Farnworth is likely to miss out on the fullback role at Red Hill this season to play recruit and Maroons No. 1 Reece Walsh, although coach Kevin Walters said in December that Walsh has not yet nailed the position and that Farnworth would have a chance through the year .
“(Farnworth) played in the centers for England at the World Cup and he had a great World Cup,” said Broncos captain Adam Reynolds. The Daily Telegraph last year.
“He has definitely shown what he is capable of and that came back after a pretty bad injury. We just need to get him on board and get him fit and healthy again.
“We’re all fighting (for places) and it will only make us a better team.”