Brisbane Broncos supporter Payne Haas has asked for the club’s immediate release after contract negotiations broke down.
It is understood that 22-year-old coach Kevin Walters informed of his request this morning after attending the club’s captaincy at Red Hill.
Haas has a contract until the end of 2024. But he was in negotiations to have his contract upgraded.
He has been named in the lineup for Brisbane’s clash with the Titans at Lang Park tomorrow night, and is expected to be selected in the Blues roster in the coming days for State of Origin Game I.
Club officials declined to comment on the matter.
It comes when the three-time best and fairest winner of the Broncos enters a courtroom battle with former manager Chris Orr, who is entitled to a commission until the current deal he’s signed expires.
Since switching managers, Haas has been fishing for an upgrade, saying he is underpaid on his current deal.
The Broncos have reportedly filed a $6 million contract that would have been the richest in NRL history for a prop forward, only for the 22-year-old to knock it back.
The Sydney Roosters are believed to be very interested in Haas, while the NRL’s new Dolphins franchise is on the hunt for a big man, and younger brother Klese has just signed a two-year full-time deal with the Titans.
The prop has also been the subject of three separate NRL integrity unit investigations during his time with the Broncos.
Earlier this season, he was banned for his scuffle with teammate Albert Kelly.
The 22-year-old was charged with intimidating a female policewoman last year and was punished in 2019 for failing to cooperate with an NRL investigation.