Payne Haas ‘wants an IMMEDIATE release from the Broncos’ as he chases mammoth $1million-a-season contract
- Haas requested the release on Wednesday night, it has been reported
- Source said star ‘just wants to get what he’s worth’ and has issues with manager
- Prop could command $1million a year, has been tied to interest from Roosters
Brisbane prop Payne Haas has reportedly requested he be released from his contract with the Broncos, effective immediately.
The 22-year old is with the club until the end of 2024 but asked to get out of his contract on Wednesday night, according to the Courier Mail.
‘He’s been having contract issues with his manager. He asked for an upgrade, but the Broncos came back with a no, so Payne has said OK well I’d like a release,’ a source with knowledge of the negotiations told the publication.
‘He just wants to get what he is worth. I think he will play against the Titans this week but he wants to leave now.’
Haas reportedly turned down a new six-year deal with the Broncos last August that would have paid him $5.85million
Haas has previously been linked with a switch to the Sydney Roosters, but in April their chairman Nick Politis ruled out making a play for him because the team could not fit him under their salary cap.
The NSW State of Origin prop is currently on $600,000 a year with Brisbane but is looking for a new deal worth up to $1million a season.
Haas will be highly sought after if the Broncos grant his request, with three other clubs besides the Roosters rumoured to be keen to sign him.
Last August, Haas turned reportedly turned down the offer of new six-year deal from the Broncos, which would have paid him $5.75million between 2022 and 2027.
He is currently embroiled in an ugly NSW Supreme Court battle with his former manager, Chris Orr, who claims he is owed more than $200,000 in commission fees by the huge prop – which Haas flatly denies.
Orr claimed he negotiated the $5.75million contract for his former client, who instead signed with rival NRL player agent Tyran Smith and did not extend his deal with the Broncos.
Haas told the Broncos he wanted the contract Orr negotiated with the team rescinded.
If he is able to convince a club to pay him $1million a year it’s estimated he would have been undervalued by approximately $1.5million by the time his current deal runs out.
In early April, Canterbury boss Phil Gould rubbished claims the Bulldogs were chasing the forward after he was reportedly spotted meeting with Smith.
Gould also told Channel Nine that Haas shouldn’t be able to command $1million a season because front-rowers aren’t worth that much.
Last September Haas won his third straight Paul Morgan Medal as Brisbane’s player of the year. Only legendary halfback Allan Langer has beaten that mark.