Jack Bird rejects Sharks offer to join the Broncos
JACK Bird has decided this morning that he will move to Queensland and join the Brisbane Broncos on a three-year deal worth $2.1m.
The Broncos contract offer is believed to be worth $350,000 more over three seasons, than what the Sharks were offering.
Bird, who won last year's premiership at centre, made the decision before training this morning after also weighing up a multi-million dollar offer from the Newcastle Knights.
However, the 22-year-old advised his management to inform Knights officials that he would be declining their offer to join the Broncos.
Bringing the prolonged contract negotiations to an end, Bird has been adamant that the lure of playing five-eighth at the Broncos would be a major factor in his decision.
How Bird adjusts to playing five-eighth alongside unorthodox Broncos halfback Anthony Milford is considered a major gamble by some experts and will become a major talking point ahead of the 2018 season.
The premiers were preparing for the NSW Origin utility's departure and have drawn-up a hit list of targets for which they will now use the salary cap money they had reserved for Bird to sign a marquee outside back.