Broncos' Gamble wins two-year NRL deal

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Fiery playmaker Tyson Gamble's two-year contract extension with Brisbane has ensured Kotoni Staggs won't just walk into the Brisbane No.6 jersey next season.

The 25-year-old secured his NRL future on Thursday, Gamble impressing when given the chance as part of the Broncos' constantly-rotating halves combination this season.

The well-built Gamble had a distinct presence in the side's impressive defeat of Cronulla on Sunday, running the ball with confidence and adding starch to their defence in a sign he could be the man to partner incoming halfback Adam Reynolds next season.

Staggs also returned from injury and suspension in that win, starring at centre and saying post-game he would wait until the next preseason to consider a switch to the No.6.

With long-time five-eighth Anthony Milford not offered a new deal at the club, it clears the path for Gamble to solidify his spot in the final eight games of the season.

Gamble had played just three NRL games between 2018 and 2020 but has now won three from the eight he's featured in this season.

"It's unreal to re-sign with the Broncos. I love the way the club is going, the direction that Kev is taking us and I'm looking forward to the future," he said.

Reynolds and Queensland State of Origin pair Kurt Capewell and Brenko Lee will join Brisbane next season, while Staggs, Kobe Hetherington, Jordan Riki, Brendan Piakura, TC Robati and Selwyn Cobbo have all recently re-signed.

That comes after the immediate exits of Matt Lodge and Reece Walsh this season to the Warriors, while winger Xavier Coates will move to Melbourne next year and Tevita Pangai Jnr is also likely to exit.

"It's good to keep the young blokes around, it's a good crew that we've got here at the moment and the longer we keep all of us together, the better we can go," Gamble said of their re-shaped roster.

"We've had a bit of a refresh mid-season and after that win against the Sharks there's no reason we can't get a few more to finish off the season, and we can then build into 2022."

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