Redcliffe Dolphins sign Thomas Flegler from Brisbane Broncos in NRL blow

The Redcliffe Dolphins have signed Brisbane Broncos Thomas Flegler on a four-year deal, keeping him at the club until the end of 2027.

Flegler will join the Dolphins for the 2024 season onwards after he completes his contract at the Broncos for the upcoming season.

The 23-year-old had interest from rival clubs such as the Sydney Roosters, Manly Sea Eagles, Gold Coast Titans and New Zealand Warriors, but opted to go to Redcliffe in favour of playing under legendary coach Wayne Bennett.

The prop has now reunited with former teammate Herbie Farnworth who made the shock call to switch clubs on Friday.

Farnworth and Flegler will add more depth and youth to the impressive lineup that consists of Jesse and Kenny Bromwich, Felise Kaufusi, Jarrod Wallace and Mark Nicholls.

At the age of 23, the recently signed Dolphin has already played in a State of Origin match for Queensland and represented the Australian Prime Minister’s XIII twice.

Redcliffe’s chief executive Terry Reader said the signing of Flegler was a good sign for the future.

“We are very pleased to have secured Tom on a four-year contract starting at the end of this season,” said Reader, according to the club’s website.

“He is still a young forward but already has 74 matches of NRL experience behind him, as well as representing at both State of Origin and international level.

“The Dolphins have always said that our recruitment strategy was about building a club with a strong future, rather than just for season 2023.

“The signature of Tom and Herbie Farnworth are great examples of that strategy at work.

“We are very excited about what these two players can add to the squad we have already assembled.

“It is also a huge boost for us as we get ready to play our first ever NRL match next weekend – this truly is an exhilarating time for all of the Dolphins’ members and our fans.”

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Ironically, Flegler declared in November last year that he was not going anywhere despite rumours circulating that he was going go leave the Broncos.

Playing in 74 games since he debuted in 2019 and becoming a consistent performer at Brisbane, the 23-year-old decided to put talks on hold but gave no indication that he wanted to leave.

“I have been at the Broncos since I was a kid and I don‘t plan on leaving,” Flegler said, reported ZeroTackle.

“For myself, I need to play good footy, more importantly for the team rather than myself.

“You would be lying if you said you didn’t think about it, but I have been at the Broncos since I was 15 and this is home for me.

“I haven’t thought about it (making a final decision) at the moment.

“First things first is to have a good pre-season and train hard and then I guess we will get into those contract talks next year.”

The Dolphins begin their season against the Sydney Roosters on Sunday, March 5 at Suncorp Stadium. 

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