Broncos enforcer Tom Flegler has dropped a major hint on his NRL future, declaring he has no interest in leaving Brisbane despite offers from rival clubs.
The 23-year-old has emerged as one of the competition’s best young props in recent years, playing 74 games for the Broncos and making his State of Origin debut for Queensland in 2021.
Flegler is an aggressive player, with his style of play drawing the ire of the judiciary on numerous occasions during the early stages of his career – but that isn’t stopping the interest regarding his long-term status.
The Courier Mail reports that Manly are prepared to offer Flegler a mammoth six-year deal worth $4 million to lure the firebrand away from Red Hill, while multiple other Sydney-based clubs are believed to be interested in acquiring his services.
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But in a press conference on Tuesday, Flegler admitted his desire is to remain at Brisbane after coming through their junior system and reaching the top grade at a young age.
“I’ve been a Bronco since I was a kid and I don’t plan on leaving,” he said.
“You’d be lying if you said you didn’t think about it, but I’ve been here since I was 15 – this is home now.
“I came through the 20s with the majority of the NRL squad now and I don’t see myself moving any time soon.
“I haven’t really thought about it at the moment – first thing’s first for me is to have a good pre-season and train hard, and we will get into those talks next year.
“I don’t see myself going anywhere and we’ll let the footy do the talking.”
Flegler averaged 108 run metres and 24 tackles per game last year for the Broncos, but missed a plethora of fixtures due to suspension.
Despite concerns over his chequered on-field past, Flegler isn’t going to tone down his style of play any time soon.
“Obviously nothing is intentional, but I’m an aggressive player and I’m not going to stop that,” he said.
“Some tackles are gonna slip up – the ones that aren’t intentional out of all of them are the hip-drops. That’s just the game we play in, things are going to happen accidentally.
“I’m an aggressive player and that’s the way I’m going to continue to play.
“I do work on my discipline, because it does let me down at times and I do plan on staying on the field for the majority of the season.”
Flegler has already had a taste of representative football, playing one game for the Maroons in their 2021 series loss to NSW.
But the front-rower is hoping to follow in the footsteps of teammate Patrick Carrigan, who has become a revelation at both Origin and international level this year, by becoming a more consistent player in club land.
“He’s had an outstanding year and he’s been rewarded through that performance,” Flegler said.
“He made the Origin side and now he’s made the Australian side.
“For myself, consistency is a downfall in my game and it’s something I will be looking to work on.”