Origin hero Peter Wallace flooded with interest for 2010
By Steve Mascord | May 23, 2008 12:00am
HE couldn't get an offer from Penrith last year but NSW Origin hero Peter Wallace last night had five clubs chasing him - for 2010.
As the Brisbane five-eighth returned home yesterday after his five-star Blues debut, chief executive Bruno Cullen declared his determination to upgrade and extend the contract of the 22-year-old.
That's following revelations the Bulldogs, Warriors, Wests Tigers and St George Illawarra are interested in him - even though he has 18 months to run on his contract.
"He's been living down in Sydney all his life and no bastard knew he was there," Cullen told The Daily Telegraph. "He's played one game of Origin and people have recognised his ability - we recognised it 12 months ago.
"We've got him for this year and next year and we'd obviously like to extend him out and come up with a deal that we're all happy with."
The Broncos had 28 days from the City-Country game to review Wallace's contract under a special clause in his contract.
But St George Illawarra, coached by Wallace's current boss in Brisbane, Wayne Bennett, are among the clubs trying to tempt him away.
"We're always interested in quality players and we're well aware of his contractual situation," said Dragons chief executive Peter Doust.
Wallace's manager Allan Gainey said he expected Broncos football manager Peter Nolan to discuss the future of the Blues star with him at schoolboy carnivals over the next two weekends.
Wallace can't formally talk to other clubs until November.
"I've got about four clubs who have inquired about his situation," Gainey said.
"They want to know if the Broncos have an option on his services. They don't.
"It's a straight two-year deal. He's off-contract at the end of 2009.
"He's got a representative review clause in his contract. Within 28 days of him playing a rep game, the Broncos can come back to us with a view to upgrading and extending."
There are reports that the Warriors are willing to offer Wallace as much as $340,000 per season from 2010 onwards.
Bulldogs CEO Todd Greenberg commented: "We have signed Brett Kimmorley for two years but we are always interested in good players when they come on to the market."
Gainey said Penrith were not one of the clubs to inquire about Wallace. The Panthers turned down the opportunity to re-sign the St Marys junior at the beginning of last season.
And by the end of the year, coach Matthew Elliott conceded they could not match the offer from Brisbane.
"We always got the impression they had their eyes on someone else," Gainey said.
do you think he would be a good buy? and do you think he is worth $320,000+++???