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Sydney clubs prepared to fork out $700K for Brisbane's Corey Oates

Sporting News logo Sporting News 15/05/2019

a man throwing a ball © Getty Images Several Sydney clubs are reportedly queuing to poach Brisbane winger Corey Oates – and they're willing to pay huge money to entice him to leave the Broncos next year.

With his one-year Broncos deal expiring at season's end, Oates is in high demand with powerful wingers who can take pressure off the forwards now among the most valuable players in the game.

Oates' form has been one of the lone bright spots for Brisbane during a subpar start to the season.

The 24-year-old sits second on the leading try-scorers list with nine four-pointers from nine matches and is averaging 167 metres per fixture.

His outstanding performances haven't gone unnoticed south of the Queensland border, with multiple teams waiting to pounce on the Maroons representative.

The Courier-Mail journalist Peter Badel revealed the news on the NRL Tonight program.

“I can tell you that Corey Oates has had rival offers from Sydney clubs to the tune of $700,000," Badel said.

“It’s big bucks for a winger, but wingers are now back in vogue.

“There was a time when we looked at wingers as cut-price options – players that were on $150,000.

“But we are learning in the game now that game-breaking wingers are needed and wingers with bulk and try-scoring ability like Corey Oates has got are valuable to a team. He’s like a seventh forward."

Badel said Brisbane can't afford to offer Oates as much as some Sydney sides but believes the strapping back would take a pay-cut if Brisbane can table a reasonable sum.

“The test now for Brisbane is whether they can match the offers," Badel said.

“I don’t think they can match them, but I think they can get close.

“And if they get close I think Corey Oates is prepared to make a sacrifice to stay in Queensland.”

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