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Karl Oloapu

Big Pete

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WWOS is reporting that Oloapu was misled by Broncos officials and pressured into signing with the club without sufficient legal representation. He further accuses the club of losing their 'Letter Of Offer' and failing to provide his new management with copies of the contract.

 

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This has been a story that's been ongoing for months now and it appears Oloapu's management has upped the ante by taking it to the press. It's going to an interesting test for the Broncos management who quelled the Payne Haas release and while they're sticking to their guns, they've got a lot of work ahead of them to get everyone on the same page.

If Oloapu's side of the story is correct, this reflects poorly on the Broncos administration. This deal was supposedly signed in January, so it was under the Donaghy administration and while we haven't heard from their side yet it does seem like the horrifically bad handling of Sam Walker.

On the other hand, if this is a hit piece the interesting detail is that the contract was signed in January 2022. That means Oloapu was aware of The Dolphins and was still willing to sign. Earlier the narrative appeared to be that Karl had committed to the Broncos before The Dolphins were granted their license and being a Dolphins junior there was a push from both him and The Dolphins to be apart of their foundation squad.

If this results in Oloapu leaving the Broncos, it's another highly rated prospect leaving the club. It seemed earlier in the season they picked Oloapu ahead of Jye Gray who was the best five eighth in U/18s so to potentially lose both would be a bitter blow. The Broncos continue to rely heavily on graduates from their Elite Development Program but they've bled a lot of talent and there are concerns about their competitiveness moving forward.
 

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The Broncos have responded.


They paint the picture that the deal was a months long process that began in November and was finalised in January. They didn't address the events that took place when Karl signed, but did discredit Oloapu's camp and revealed that Oloapu's camp wanted a substantial upgrade in June after he got new management.

Both sides are out there now, we just need to see how it plays out.
 

Showtime

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Have you seen him play Pete? Is he any good? I’m sure there’s a lot more to the story but it sounds like the dolphins came along and offered him a lot more than what he signed for and he’s having a tantrum.
 

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Have you seen him play Pete? Is he any good? I’m sure there’s a lot more to the story but it sounds like the dolphins came along and offered him a lot more than what he signed for and he’s having a tantrum.
That seems to be the likely story, especially with news that the Dolphins continued to pursue Deine Mariner despite him signing an extension with overtures of more money to break his contract.

I haven't had a close look at him but from what I've seen he ticks a lot of boxes. He's got a strong carry, he's got some nice variety to his kicking game and he more than holds his own in defence. The only question marks I have on him is his speed and kicking game but that will come to light soon enough. What I liked most is his ability to compete and step up when the game is on the line. That's really want you want from your playmakers more than anything else.

I could see him potentially playing first grade during the Origin period as a utility but I couldn't see him making an impact till 2024.
 

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The latest on this is the NRL Salary Cap auditor weighed in and revealed the investigation into the Broncos management was still ongoing.


I presume we'll know the results of this investigation shortly but it seems odd that Brisbane were so adamant that they had been cleared. Maybe they were so confident after their meeting with the NRL they jumped to conclusions?
 

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The latest on this is the NRL Salary Cap auditor weighed in and revealed the investigation into the Broncos management was still ongoing.


I presume we'll know the results of this investigation shortly but it seems odd that Brisbane were so adamant that they had been cleared. Maybe they were so confident after their meeting with the NRL they jumped to conclusions?
You have a gut feeling on the outcome? There’s a part of me that thinks just let him sit in reserve grade for the next 3 years if he doesn’t want to play for the broncos. Maybe the younger broncos can get in his ear.
 

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