Sport Dearden's agent unloads on basketcase Broncos

02:40  28 april  2021
02:40  28 april  2021 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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Tom Dearden's agent has unloaded on the Brisbane Broncos after the young halfback signed with the North Queensland Cowboys.

Long hailed as the future of Brisbane, Dearden was given erratic opportunities by the club, who also signed rival No.7 Brodie Croft last year.

Dearden has now signed a three-year deal with the Cowboys, starting next season. His agent, Sam Ayoub, made clear that the Broncos were at fault.

"Tom would have stayed at the Broncos for life but they have done nothing but kick him from pillar to post," Ayoub told The Courier Mail.

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"I read somewhere that the Broncos didn't want to get into a bidding war with the Cowboys for Tom's services.

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"You can't be in a bidding war if you don't make a player an offer — and the Broncos never made him an offer.

"I spoke to Pete Nolan (Broncos football-operations chief) and he said he was waiting on 'Kevvie' (Walters) to decide what he wants to do.

"We gave Brisbane every opportunity to retain him. Tom is a loyal kid with country values but in the end the Cowboys, to their credit, were determined to get him."

Dearden was previously involved with the Cowboys' junior development system. He played junior footy in Mackay before moving to the Gold Coast.

Dearden is still just 20 but the Broncos had reportedly lost faith that he could become a transformative player for the club, having had limited success - albeit in a dismal team - since starting his NRL career.

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Eels concerned they'll be 'blown out of the water' by Broncos in Mitch Moses negotiations .
Parramatta's fears of the Broncos poaching off-contract halfback are growing following Tom Dearden's confirmed defection to the Cowboys. Dearden will join fellow new recruit Chad Townsend in Townsville next season and the pair's move from their respective clubs is expected to trigger dramatic movement in the player market. Moses, one of a host of high-profile playmakers coming off contract at season's end, is in the midst of negotiations with the Eels over an extension.

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