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Izzy could fly the coup like Hunt

By Wayne Heming 22/04/2010 06:35:33 PM Comments (0)

High-leaping Brisbane Bronco Israel Folau is understood to be considering a Karmichael Hunt-like offer to jump to the AFL.

And it's understood rugby union interests have joined NRL clubs by weighing in with a tempting proposal in a three code tug'o'war for the exceptionally athletic 21 year-old who has eight days to decide if he remains a Bronco beyond 2010.

The youngest player in history to represent Australia, Folau had a `get out' clause inserted two years' into his four year $1.5 million contract with the six time premiers who did not have a coach appointed at the time the deal was done.

If he activates the clause, he'll be a free agent at the end of the season.

Folau's delay in telling the club and coach Ivan Henjak of his intentions has led to increased speculation he is seriously considering walking out on Brisbane.

The incoming AFL franchise on the Gold Coast pulled off a stunning recruiting coup last year when it lured Hunt to its game.

Folau, who has scored some spectacular tries with his high flying leaps, trained with AFL players when he played with the Melbourne Storm before joining Brisbane in 2009.

At 195cm and 102kg he is very similar in build to Brisbane Lion full forward Johnathan Brown who is 195cm and 104kg.

Folau said on Wednesday he wanted to take all the time available to make the best decision for his future.

It's understood family issues could be a factor in his final decision.

Henjak said he would know Folau's decision in eight days and deal with it then.

"I'm not going to pressure him," said Henjak after training on Thursday.

"I don't know (what he'll do), he's kept things pretty close to his chest.

"Hopefully he'll be staying."

With third party deals, Folau could potentially be Brisbane's highest paid player ahead of club captain Darren Lockyer.

When Brisbane signed him, they were hoping he'd be a franchise player they could build future premiership sides around.

"He's a big time player and he's got a real presence about him and we'd like to keep him," said Henjak.

"But if he doesn't want to be here than we will let him go.

"I'd like to think he wants to stay.

"I think he's happy here.

"I'll know his answer in eight days."

Melbourne's new Super 15 franchise the Rebels have denied interest in the young Bronco while Melbourne Storm officials have refused to comment on rumours they have discussed bringing him back to the club.

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