Brisbane Broncos sign veteran forward Ryan James for 2022 NRL season

The Brisbane Broncos’ rebuilding continued, with the club announcing the signing of Ryan James for a year.

The 30-year-old is a seasoned activist, playing 158 NRL games so far – most of them for the Gold Coast Titans during his 10-year stint at the club.

James moved to the Canberra Raiders in 2021 but struggled to save time and will now move to Red Hill next year.

Broncos football manager Ben Ikin has praised James’ leadership and believes he will help the young Broncos forwards.

“We have made no secret that we are looking for an experienced striker to strengthen our pack and help our young forwards grow and improve – Ryan James fits this bill perfectly,” he said.

“Not only does he still play good football, but Ryan is a great leader and models the behaviors that we try to develop in our group of players.”

James’s addition to the Broncos comes after a plethora of signings for next season and beyond, as head coach Kevin Walters looks to rebuild the powerful franchise.

Adam Reynolds will travel to Brisbane under a long-term deal starting next year, while Origin striker Kurt Capewell has also signed with the club.

Brenko Lee, Jordan Pereira and Corey Jensen will be the other new faces for the Broncos, while a host of talented youngsters have extended their stay, including TC Robati, Selwyn Cobbo and Tesi Niu.

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