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Suncorp farewell for five Broncos

Thu, Sep 14, 2017 - 06:55AM
By ‌Eden Richards‌‌, ‌NRL.com

Suncorp Stadium will turn into a massive farewell party on Friday night when over a quarter of Wayne Bennett's Brisbane side run onto the venue as a Bronco for the last time.

Five of Brisbane's named 17 are set to leave the Broncos at the completion of the 2017 Telstra Premiership season, with over 550 games of NRL experience walking out the door. 

Classy utility Ben Hunt is off to the St George Illawarra Dragons in 2018, while both centre Tautau Moga and forward Herman Ese'ese will join the Newcastle Knights at season's end. 

Jai Arrow is the fourth player leaving the club, signing with the Gold Coast Titans on a three-year deal. 

Off-contract prop Adam Blair is the last of the five, with Brisbane expecting their veteran forward to announce his departure from the club in the near future. 

The Warriors are the favourites to snare the 31-year-old's signature after offering him a big-money deal to return to his home country. 

Blair and Hunt are the two biggest losses, with both having played huge roles at the Broncos since Bennett returned to the club in 2015. 

 

‌Hunt, who has been at the club since he was a teenager, is trying not to think too much about his last match at the venue, instead focusing on securing victory against a dangerous Penrith Panthers side in Friday's semi-final. 

"I'm not thinking about it too much yet. I've had a few little thoughts but I haven't let it sink in yet," Hunt said.

"I just want to get out there and try and play the best game I can. I have to prepare like I would any other game and try and play well. 

"Each game now could be my last for the club. I can only think about that after the game is played, until then I just need to focus on my preparation."

Like Hunt, 22-year-old Arrow debuted for the Broncos in the National Youth Competition before moving into the first grade side. 

A highly-rated lock, Arrow has always been touted for big things and he sees the Titans as the ideal opportunity to achieve these accomplishments after watching former Bronco Jarrod Wallace come on leaps and bounds at the club. 

It means in 2018 Arrow will return to Suncorp Stadium as a villain, so for now he plans on making the most of being a hometown hero one last time. 

"Suncorp is the best stadium to play footy on. Obviously it's something I'll miss but I'll always cherish it as well," Arrow said.  

"I'm really looking forward to it and I can't wait. Hopefully there's a packed house. 

"I just have to go out there and turn up and not let the emotions get the better of me. My mindset is to go out there and do my job."

 

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