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Broncos sign Hannant for four years

25/05/2010 01:34:52 PM Comments (0)

Test prop Ben Hannant says Brisbane needed no convincing of his long-term commitment as he prepares for a third stint at the NRL club.

Hannant has signed a four-year deal with the Broncos from 2011 after arranging a release from the final year of his contract with the Bulldogs.

He was granted the early release on compassionate grounds after saying he was desperate to return to Queensland for family reasons.

It will be Hannant's third stint at the Broncos, having started there as a junior before moving to the Sydney Roosters in 2005.

He returned to the Broncos in 2006 but signed a three-year deal with the Bulldogs in 2009.

"They know the situation, why I had to leave," the 25-year-old told reporters on Tuesday.

"That had nothing to do with wanting to go chasing money or anything like that.

"When you've got superstars like Darren Lockyer, Hodgo (Justin Hodges), (Shane) Webcke, Petero back then ... if you want to abide by the rules with the salary cap, they have to let people go.

"I was one of those young kids who was working his way through and had to move on and I respect their decisions.

"Now I've done my apprenticeship, I've worked my way up in the game now, now it's I guess my turn to help these young kids and lead them around."

He denied money had ever been the major motivator in his moves between clubs.

"I don't think that at all," he said.

"At the end of the day I've got a mortgage that I've got to pay and if I can't get enough money to pay my mortgage, well then I'm not doing the right thing by my family.

"Any normal person in society will do the right thing by their family and that's my focus.

"I play the game because I love it, I'll always do my best for whoever I play for but always my family will come first."

Hannant suggested the move to the Broncos could be his last, and intends to play for another decade.

"I'm hoping to still be around as long as Petero (Civoniceva) at 35, so I've still got 10 more years where I can make a big mark in this game," he said.

He said moving back to be near his large extended family was a relief.

"I'm one of 11, my kids have got 37 cousins up there, both sets of grandparents," he said.

"Instead of having a little backyard they've got 12 acres back home with cows and horses and all the fun things so it's a lifestyle choice that I want for my family.

"At the end of the day I've made that decision and I'm proud of that decision and my family supports that decision."

The signing is a major coup for the Broncos who recently missed out on Hannant's Test front row teammate Civoniceva.

Hannant said he was committed to the Bulldogs' cause for the remainder of 2010, adamant the 12th-placed strugglers can still make the top eight.

He is hopeful of returning from a knee injury in the next two weeks to also push his Queensland claims for State of Origin II on June 16.

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