Wayne Bennett says pressure on the salary cap will force Jaydn Su’A out of South Sydney, with the Queensland Origin killer revealing his interest in returning to the Broncos.
The courier email may reveal that Su’A has resigned to looking for a new home next season as he prepares to clash with South’s 21-man squad for Thursday night’s clash at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane to arrive.
Su’A stays out of contract at the end of the season, and Bennett admits the Rabbitohs can’t afford a new deal – and opens the door for the Broncos to bring the Maroon enforcer to Queensland.
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While Bennett removed Su’A from his top 17 for the Brisbane game, the super-coach insists the 23-year-old would be a coup for the Broncos, who are ready to pounce if he hits the Redfern exits.
“We can’t put it in the cap and Jaydn knows this, it’s something he’s known for a while so it’s not a shock to him.
“He would be a good addition to the Broncos. He’s played a lot in the NRL now, he’s a pretty practical striker in this edge position where he could add something to the Broncos.
“The Broncos are an option for him. He’s a Queensland kid, he didn’t want to leave Brisbane, but he left Brisbane and I’m sure his heart is still in Brisbane.”
Bennett ditched Su’A a fortnight ago over concerns about a slight decline in posture and form, but the Souths mentor was the first to endorse his selection in Queensland when he was contacted by Maroons coach Paul Green.
It was Bennett who bled Su’A at Red Hill in 2016, and Broncos coach Kevin Walters believes the veteran of 72 NRL games next season could bring some mongrel and aggression to his back row.
The Rabbitohs are also fighting to keep Su’A’s Maroons teammate Dane Gagai, and the Queensland backrower said the Broncos are in line while he looks to finalize his future.
“It matters in your head (outside of the contract) but I hope it will be resolved shortly,” he said. “I know the salary cap for Souths is a struggle right now. I’m not sure I can stay. I know they have a few breaches and also talk to ‘gags’ (Gagai).
“The Broncos were a good club to start with. Wayne made my debut for me and I had a good relationship with him. But then he left and I didn’t want to leave the Broncos, but that’s how things went and I ended up being Origin playing at Souths so I’m grateful for that.
“I know the Broncos well. I don’t know if I’ll end up there, but I definitely want to sort something out over the next few weeks.
“Brisbane is and always will be home, but I’ve also found a really good home in South Sydney. It’s a big decision to make when the time comes. Hopefully I can sort things out soon.”
The Broncos are also chasing another back man in Su’A’s Queensland teammate Kurt Capewell, but he’s expected to choose the Cowboys or stay loyal to Penrith.
Su’A assisted Origin I for Souths in their 24-10 win over Newcastle last week but Bennett said he never intended to bring the New Zealand-born forward to face the Broncos.
“We had four players and three mid-players last week so Jaydn was playing but he wasn’t going to get a chance this week,” said Bennett.
“Jaydn knows why he was released. I will keep it to ourselves. He knows what to do. He knows what I want.
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