The NRL’s newest club, the Dolphins, missed another signing goal with news that Patrick Carrigan recommended to the Broncos.
Brisbane has announced a contract extension for the posh center forward that ties him to Red Hill until the end of 2024.
The Dolphins had their eye on Carrigan and he is seen as a potential future NRL captain, such is his position in Brisbane.
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The Dolphins have also missed out on Reed Mahoney and Tino Fa’asuamaleaui in recent days, who they were keen to sign ahead of their first season in the NRL in 2023.
Melbourne superstar Brandon Smith has narrowed his pick from a number of contenders, with the Roosters or Dolphins now the favorites to lure him to a 2023 deal.
So far, the Dolphins have only signed one player – uncapped young hooker Harrison Graham, who is currently on a training and testing contract with Brisbane.
Question marks have been raised outside the club regarding their recruiting strategy and their inability to land that first big signing.
Carrigan, 23, is seen alongside Adam Reynolds as a candidate for the captain of the Broncos for 2022.
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“I am very happy that Pat has chosen to extend his stay at the Brisbane Broncos – he has been a part of our system for a long time and is well liked by everyone at the club,” said Broncos chief footballer Ben Ikin.
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