BRISBANE have completed their massive $6.2 million retention drive with skipper Darius Boyd today inking a multi-million dollar extension that makes him a Bronco for life.
After months of negotiations, Boyd has agreed to terms on a multi-year upgrade - making him the 10th player this year to commit to Brisbane in the most aggressive retention drive in the club's history.
The Broncos will formally announce the Boyd deal, first revealed by The Courier-Mail last month, at a press conference today.
The 30-year-old Boyd is secured to the Broncos until at least the end of 2020, ensuring he will finish his decorated career at the club with whom he won a premiership as a teenager in 2006.
Broncos coach Wayne Bennett is building a squad he believes is capable of breaking the club's 11-year title drought and Boyd, Brisbane's most seasoned backline figure, is the final piece in the puzzle.
The deal, estimated to be three or four years, is worth around $750,000 a season. As part of the upgrade, the Broncos discussed and brokered post-football opportunities for Boyd that had to be ratified by the NRL's salary-cap auditor.
Those delicate discussions delayed the announcement, but coach Bennett was never concerned about losing the Broncos skipper he has mentored for more than a decade.
Boyd is the 10th Bronco in six months to ink a new deal _ joining Andrew McCullough, Alex Glenn, Josh McGuire, Corey Oates, Kodi Nikorima and $1 million man Anthony Milford.
Other top-line Broncos who have committed to the club this year include Kiwi Test utility Jordan Kahu, prop Joe Ofahengaue and strike centre James Roberts.
And with NSW Origin centre Jack Bird joining the Broncos stable from next season, Bennett believes he has the artillery to deliver the club's seventh premiership and first since 2006.
It has been a rollercoaster season for Boyd. He suffered the frustration of a broken thumb during the Origin series before battling a hamstring injury which cruelled Brisbane's title hopes during the finals series.
But overall, the Maroons ace produced some outstanding week-to-week displays, culminating in Boyd being crowned Brisbane's best back at their recent awards nigh
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