Thaiday hopeful of another NRL season

Veteran Brisbane forward Sam Thaiday has not given up on playing another NRL season.

The former Broncos skipper had claimed 2018 would be his 16th and final season after coach Wayne Bennett told the off-contract Thaiday he was not in his future plans.

But Thaiday, 32, has not ruled out earning a contract extension with a big 2018 starting with Brisbane’s NRL trial against Gold Coast Titans in Toowoomba on Saturday.

“You have to wait and see. You never know,” Thaiday said on Tuesday.

“Miracles happen in rugby league. Contract are thrown around willy-nilly these days.

“Over the last couple of years I have set up myself for life after footy.

“I just want to make sure my transition is good if it comes this year or if it comes next year. We will see what happens.”

Thaiday currently sits on 279 games and will push towards reaching Brisbane’s 300-game club in 2018, behind only Darren Lockyer (355) and Corey Parker (347).

The former Test backrower said he would push for one more season – but only at the Broncos.

“That’s the plan. It is something taught to me at a young age, to be loyal and stay with one club,” he said.

“I could never put on a different jersey and play against the Broncos.”

Thaiday has also not ruled out breaking back into the Queensland side he was dropped following the Maroons’ Origin game one thrashing last year.

First Thaiday has to work out where he will fit into a new-look Broncos pack that will be without Adam Blair, Herman Ese’ese and Jai Arrow.

Thaiday did not mind filling the front row void created by Kiwi captain Blair’s departure.

“I know that I will be playing a bit of front row but I filled a few roles last year and I imagine this year will be similar,” he said.

“Front row is fine for me. I have played a lot of football there.

“I am sure I won’t be playing long minutes there but if it is a job I have to do for the team I am more than happy to do it.”

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