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NRL greats speak up over retiring forward’s surprise Broncos switch.
The former players have spoken out in response to reports that Tevita Pangai Jr. is likely to sign with a new club just months after retiring.

Former NRL players Mat Rogers and Scott Sattler have questioned whether the Broncos should consider bringing back Tevita Pangai Junior.

Pangai Junior, who turned down a lucrative deal with the Bulldogs to pursue a boxing career, has allegedly met with the Brisbane Broncos to negotiate a return to his former club in the second half of the 2024 season, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The Broncos have yet to propose a contract. Pangai Junior began his NRL career with the club and played 96 games until being released in 2021.

He subsequently joined the Bulldogs in 2022, and while he was named for the Blues in Game 1 of the 2023 Origin series, Pangai Junior’s two-year stay at Belmore was hampered by inconsistency.

Rogers stated on his radio show on SEN that the prospective addition of Pangai Junior may “upset” the team’s culture.

“The Broncos have something really great there. “They have an excellent group of young players,” Rogers stated.

“I believe that Tevita might bring something, but don’t his statements last year about not enjoying being told what to do in rugby league offend people?

“It blows my mind (the prospect of Pangai Jr coming back to the NRL).”

Despite the fact that last year’s grand finalists lost several players to free agency, including forward Kurt Capewell, Tom Flegler, and Keenan Palasia, Sattler believes the move would not assist the Broncos.

“It seems to me like Tevita Pangai Jr is making his own rules,” Sattler went on to say.

“His final deal with the Dogs was $750,000 on the salary cap.

“It’s pretty steep if you are going to sign a guy who doesn’t have a great attitude and has walked away from the game before with some pretty poor comments.”

Sattler and Rogers’ comments came shortly after Bulldogs CEO Aaron Warburton vowed that the club will not stop Pangai Junior’s surprise comeback to the NRL.

Warburton and the Bulldogs do not appear to be concerned about Pangai Junior returning to the NRL barely a season after his’retirement’.

“Tevita parted ways with the Bulldogs on extremely good terms,” Warburton told the mediaNRL's mission to bring Sydney fans back | Bulldogs

 

“We wish nothing but the best for Tevita and his family for their future.”

Pangai Jr moved to Brisbane to live after leaving the Bulldogs, and the 27-year-old was spotted at Broncos training last week, sparking talk that he was lobbying for a return to the NRL.

He is good friends with Pat Carrigan and Payne Haas, and Carrigan has stated that he would want to see Tevita “back at the Broncos”.

A player of Pangai Jr’s caliber would be highly appreciated this season as the Broncos look to rebound from a painful defeat to Penrith in the 2023 grand final.

 

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