The Dolphins are targeting Broncos center Herbie Farnworth as Brisbane scrambles to quit the talented youngster on a long-term deal, according to rugby league reporter Nine Ben Dobbin.
Speaking on Triple M Rush hour with Leisel, Liam and DobboDubbon said Farnworth could be drawn from the Broncos as five other clubs surround, including Wayne Bennett and his Dolphins.
“For so long Brisbane watched the next player go instead of what they had,” Dobbin said.
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“They’ve got this young Deine Mariner, four tries for Manly on Sunday in the Hostplus Cup, and they’re like, ‘Oh, that’s the next centre.’
“No, Herbie Farnworth is center right now and Herbie Farnworth is out of contract at the end of the year.”
Brisbane has held Farnworth’s services since he was 15.
Dobbin said Farnworth’s manager told him all the 21-year-old wanted to do was play for the Broncos.
However, there has always been a question mark over whether the club can afford to keep him.
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Dobbin says Farnworth’s deal with the Broncos totals around $400,000 a year, but the reporter thinks he’s worth more.
“He’s a $700,000 to $800,000 player,” Dobbin said.
“I think it’s going to take some negotiations, but he wants to stay in Brisbane.
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“They want it and rightly so. Why wouldn’t you?
“Right now Kotoni Staggs is playing right center (for the Broncos), and he has to play left, so there’s a lot to like.”
Dubbon said Farnworth had taken control of the discussion, putting his contract negotiations on hold before the first round to allow his “football to do the talking”.
“The right people tell me they’re confident, but if you talk – there’s five clubs chasing him – to the Dolphins… They think they have a chance too,” Dobbin said.
“It’s going to be interesting.”
The Dolphins, based in the Brisbane suburb of Redcliffe, will play their first season in the NRL in 2023.
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