For the second time in as many days Broncos coach Wayne Bennett has confirmed different Brisbane players will join the Newcastle Knights next season.
Following the Broncos’ 34-22 victory over the Knights at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday the seven-time premiership-winning mentor said Brisbane centre Tautau Moga would move to Newcastle in 2018.
At a press conference on Friday he said injured Brisbane prop Herman Ese’ese was also heading south of the border after this campaign.
“I don’t know if I was talking out of school the other day, I don’t understand all these new rules,” Bennett said.
“Tautau’s told me he’s leaving. Herman’s told me he’s leaving. And they’re coming to the Knights. That’s all I know. I don’t know about the secrecy bit.”
Bennett was then asked if there were any other players he would give to Newcastle in the future.
“I don’t really want to give those away,” he said.
“But the salary cap makes it impossible for you to keep everyone these days and that’s the way it’s designed to work.”
Moga put on an impressive display in front of his soon-to-be coach Nathan Brown by scoring one of three Brisbane tries in nine minutes shortly after half-time and running 174 metres from his 14 carries, including two line breaks. He made 11 tackles.
It was also reported on Friday that Newcastle had secured the services of Roosters utility Connor Watson for next season.