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Monday, 26 August 2019

Oates stuck in $1.5m stalemate


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Only two NRL regular season rounds may remain but Corey Oates admits he is no closer to re-signing with Brisbane.

However, the winger admits he has bigger things to worry about as the Broncos sweat on their NRL finals fate - namely Parramatta's Blake Ferguson.

Off contract star Oates revealed he was still waiting on a multi-year deal to be finalised with Brisbane, reportedly worth $1.5 million over three seasons.

Yet Oates claimed his top priority was trying to find a way to combat Ferguson who looks set to return from a long term knee infection in Brisbane's crunch Friday night clash with the sixth placed Eels.

NRL Press Conference: Wayne Bennett - Round 23

Veteran winger Ferguson has missed the last six games after complications following a routine knee cleanout but is set to be cleared for a comeback in a game eighth-placed Brisbane must win to stay in the finals mix.

Oates admitted he always feared the NSW winger would mark his return lining up against him this week.

"I always thought that was going to be the case," Oates smiled.

"It (his return) is obviously a big relief for them. He's a massive player for them and leading into finals they want to be playing their best footy and try and get their best team on the field every week - he'll be a great inclusion.

"And it is always a tough game against Fergo. He's a massive competitor and a great player so it will be a big game for myself."

Corey Oates is waiting on a deal with Brisbane Broncos

While Ferguson's return has Oates on high alert, the Queensland winger didn't need any extra motivation against Parramatta after his error riddled effort in their last meeting - the Eels' 38-10 round 14 thumping of the Broncos at Bankwest Stadium.

"They turned it on against us last game and it wasn't my best game either," he said.

"But I have picked up my game since that one and since then we have worked on a lot as a team, fixed up a lot of areas.

"I think we are a lot different team to then (round 14) and I think we are going to do a lot better job on Friday night but this is still a big test."

Only two NRL regular season rounds may remain but Corey Oates admits he is no closer to re-signing with Brisbane.

However, the winger admits he has bigger things to worry about as the Broncos sweat on their NRL finals fate - namely Parramatta's Blake Ferguson.

Off contract star Oates revealed he was still waiting on a multi-year deal to be finalised with Brisbane, reportedly worth $1.5 million over three seasons.

Yet Oates claimed his top priority was trying to find a way to combat Ferguson who looks set to return from a long term knee infection in Brisbane's crunch Friday night clash with the sixth placed Eels.

NRL Press Conference: Wayne Bennett - Round 23

Veteran winger Ferguson has missed the last six games after complications following a routine knee cleanout but is set to be cleared for a comeback in a game eighth-placed Brisbane must win to stay in the finals mix.

Oates admitted he always feared the NSW winger would mark his return lining up against him this week.

"I always thought that was going to be the case," Oates smiled.

"It (his return) is obviously a big relief for them. He's a massive player for them and leading into finals they want to be playing their best footy and try and get their best team on the field every week - he'll be a great inclusion.

"And it is always a tough game against Fergo. He's a massive competitor and a great player so it will be a big game for myself."

Corey Oates is waiting on a deal with Brisbane Broncos

While Ferguson's return has Oates on high alert, the Queensland winger didn't need any extra motivation against Parramatta after his error riddled effort in their last meeting - the Eels' 38-10 round 14 thumping of the Broncos at Bankwest Stadium.

"They turned it on against us last game and it wasn't my best game either," he said.

"But I have picked up my game since that one and since then we have worked on a lot as a team, fixed up a lot of areas.

"I think we are a lot different team to then (round 14) and I think we are going to do a lot better job on Friday night but this is still a big test."

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