Kodi Nikorima (left) runs with the ball during the Brisbane Broncos training session at Red Hill
Kodi Nikorima (left) runs with the ball during the Brisbane Broncos training session at Red Hill DAVE HUNT

Brisbane Broncos tie up Ben Hunt replacement

THE Broncos have secured their replacement for departing halfback Ben Hunt by re-signing Kodi Nikorima for a further three seasons.

Nikorima won an upgraded deal with the Broncos that will keep him at the club until at least the end of 2020.

Nikorima was expected to activate a one-year option in his current contract to stay at the Broncos next year.

However, he negotiated a new deal for a further two years to cement his long-term future.

With Hunt joining the Dragons next season, the Broncos were desperate to secure the Kiwi international and they got their man.

"I see myself as a half and that's where I want to play," he said yesterday.

"(Wayne Bennett) just said there's an opportunity here ... and that pretty much sold it for me.

"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't looking elsewhere, but in saying that, my number one priority was to stay at the club."

Nikorima was dropped for last Saturday's clash with Newcastle, but could earn a recall for Thursday's match against the Bulldogs at Suncorp Stadium.

The retention of Nikorima is a boost for the Broncos after Newcastle snared Tautau Moga and Herman Ese'ese with lucrative deals last week.

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