• Sat. Dec 3rd, 2022

Bulldogs coach Trent Barrett let the cat out of the bag that the club missed out on signing Broncos young gun Brendan Piakura, but it was news to Kevin Walters.

Mar 27, 2021

The two clubs have been locked in a battle for Piakuras signature, but Barrett let slip the Bulldogs had missed out on luring him to Belmore after his sides 24-0 Round 3 loss.
Yeah I think he is going to stay at Brisbane, Barrett said in his press conference.
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It did (look like we had him) and he is a really good young player Brendan and a good young kid and I wish him all the best.
We are disappointed, but he will stay here (at Red Hill).
Hes athletic and big and can do everything. Hes from a lovely family Brendan and theyve got themselves a good player.
However Walters seemed mystified when he was congratulated on securing Piakuras signature.
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Trent Barrett just said you have kept Piakura, which is huge news for the club that he will be staying here at the Broncos, Peter Badel asked Walters.
I am sort of not aware of that mate, a confused Walters replied with a shocked look on his face.
Well I wont make any comment on that Pete. I dont know so until we hear that from Brendan, I wont make any comment.
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I said last week we are confident and we would like to keep all our players.
We were disappointed to lose Reece. Weve still got four or five players that we need to hold onto. We will get there.
Fox Leagues James Hooper reported the Bulldogs were closing in on the teenagers signature, but in a bid to stop the mass exodus of young talent, Walters made an offer of $1.2 million over three years.
The Broncos offer is $300,000 for 2022, $400,000 for 2023 and $500,000 for 2024.