Paperwork Lodged: Broncos big-bopper says fans the reason he stayed

 foxsports.com.au  12/5/2018 11:43:01 PM  2

There was speculation the prop — originally from western Sydney — may follow Wayne Bennett to South Sydney because of their close relationship. But in inking the new deal he said “we’re moving on”.

Every Test, ODI & T20I live, ad-break free during play and in 4K. Only on Foxtel. SIGN UP NOW!

Round 1Brought to you by sportsbet
'I was happy to be sacked'

'I was happy to be sacked'

0:25

The 23-year-old acknowledged he owed the members and fans of the club for supporting him in his return to the NRL after his infamous New York rampage in 2015.

“Thank you for getting behind me – it was a massive part of why I made the decision to stay in Brisbane,” Lodge said on Broncos.com.au .

“We think we owe something to them and we’re working hard to bring back what everyone wants.

“It’s good to have some stability, I’ve made the decision to stay up in Brisbane and I’m happy with that decision and looking to put in some work with the group that we’ve got coming through to achieve what we all want.”

While Bennett went into bat for Lodge when he needed a second chance, he now has a young family and they were after stability in Brisbane.

MORE NRL NEWS

MULTI-SKILLED: NRL STARS THAT COULD’VE DOMINATED OTHER SPORTS

TRANSFER WHISPERS: DRAGONS EYE STAR EEL, PLAYMAKER ON THE NOSE

Cook signs new five-year deal

Cook signs new five-year deal

0:35

“I’ll always respect Wayne (Bennett) for giving me the chance to come back... but we’re moving on now and we’ve got a new coach in Seibs (Anthony Seibold), training has changed and we’ve all on board with that and we’re excited at what the future holds,” he added.

Brisbane Broncos CEO Paul White is excited about what Lodge can bring to the club over the next two seasons.

“Matt continues to work on every aspect of his life both on and off the field, and he knows he has our full backing as he travels along that road,” he said.

“He has taken some big strides this year through his dedication and hard work. We applaud what he has achieved and we welcome what is to come in the years ahead.”

Lodge had a breakout season, finishing second behind Anthony Milford in the Paul Morgan Medal for Broncos’ Player of the Year.

He is entering his second season back in the NRL and at Red Hill, after playing 12 first-grade games for the Wests Tigers over the 2014-15 seasons.

« Go back