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Cullen resumes Lockyer talks

By Wayne Heming 08/04/2009 06:33:26 PM Comments (0)

Brisbane boss Bruno Cullen will resume his quest to re-sign Darren Lockyer during another meeting with the champion five-eighth's manager on Thursday.

With the Broncos heading to Sydney for Good Friday's clash with the Roosters, Cullen will sit down again with leading player manager George Mimis to iron out a few issues that need to be rectified before a new deal can be struck.

"I'll sit down with George (Mimis) tomorrow and go through some processes," Cullen said from Sydney.

"I won't be tying anything up but the discussions have been good to date and we're having an update down here in Sydney tomorrow.

"We'll certainly progress things a lot further and we're hopeful of a resolution in the not too distant future."

Brisbane is relying on the NRL's help to keep Lockyer - much like Newcastle did after they looked like losing their champion playmaker, Andrew Johns.

Brisbane is still yet to re-sign star fullback Karmichael Hunt, unhappy with his "fishbowl" existence since he and teammates Darius Boyd and Sam Thaiday were investigated by police over sexual assault allegations last September.

In the meantime, the emergence of several promising young players, including hooker Andrew McCullough, wingers Antonio Winterstein and Jharal Yow Yeh, utility Alex Glenn and prop Josh McGuire, who have all played first grade this season, have put unexpected pressure on Brisbane's salary cap.

"Who knows, they may come back in May and say `sorry, we're going' and by then we might have lost three young kids off contract who we wanted to re-sign," said Cullen.

Brisbane pulled its upgraded $1.25 million three-year deal to Hunt last month after its deadline expired.

At the time the young fullback was rumoured to be considering a big money offer to join Japanese rugby union club Suntory which employs former Wallaby coach Eddie Jones as a consultant.

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