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Broncos keen to talk with Bird

By Wayne Heming 04/12/2009 07:52:14 PM Comments (0)

The Brisbane Broncos are keen to make a late play to sign former Cronulla star Greg Bird.

Bird, who met with Gold Coast chief executive Michael Searle on Thursday, is considering an offer from the Titans.

He is expected to decide on Saturday whether to accept or reject a reported $500,000 two-year deal from French-based Super League club Les Catalans.

Brisbane coach Ivan Henjak told AAP on Friday he'd love to speak to Bird about offering him the chance to play for the Broncos in 2010.

However a frustrated Henjak said his efforts to put an offer to Bird had been met with a "not interested" response from his Sydney-based manager, Chris Orr.

"I'd like to talk to Greg Bird," said Henjak who revealed his agent had put up a brick wall to the approach.

"I'm not sure why, but when we contacted him (Orr) he said he was not interested.

"I'd really love to talk with Greg and get his opinion."

Orr's brother and business partner Gavin, said he understood Chris had spoken to Brisbane chief executive Bruno Cullen before going on leave this week.

Brisbane were first linked to the chase to sign the NSW and Test representative last week, but at that stage had not made an approach to him.

However, after releasing former Test front-rower Joel Clinton on Thursday they have much more room to move under the salary cap to chase a player of Bird's calibre.

The Titans have given 25-year-old Bird, sacked by Cronulla in January, one week to accept the offer they put to him on the Gold Coast on Thursday.

Bird's versatility means he could play a number of positions in the halves, back-row or at lock.

Brisbane brought veteran lock Tonie Carroll out of retirement mid-season this year and Bird, a tough and aggressive player, would be an ideal replacement as well as a halves option if needed.

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