NRL: Josh Hoffman staying at Brisbane Broncos
Josh Hoffman has ended the speculation around his immediate future at the Brisbane Broncos, telling members in a recorded phone message that he remains committed to the club.
In a message that was sent to the phones of club members late on Thursday, Hoffman said he would be suiting up for the Broncos this season and not going to Canterbury, as had been speculated.
There appears to have been a peace summit at Red Hill in which Hoffman and his manager, Paul Hogan, and the club came to an agreement. Hogan previously said his client was desperate to leave and had asked for a release on a number of occasions.
In the 45-second message, Hoffman told members he was "going nowhere" and put to bed any suggestion he was irked by the recruitment of Ben Barba, saying he was happy to play anywhere in the club's backline.
Speculation was mounting that Brisbane would consider a release but only after the Broncos played the Bulldogs in round one. The Dogs made no secret they were keen to secure Hoffman should he be available.
But that notion can now be put to bed as Brisbane end an ongoing saga that had threatened to overshadow their run into the NRL season in March.