Payne Haas has been denied a request for immediate release from his Brisbane NRL contract, the parties in a stand-off after messy negotiations with the in-demand star stalled.
With rival clubs circling, the NSW and Australian representative forward had been agitating for an upgrade and extension on his current deal that runs until 2024.
"Payne Haas is contracted to the Brisbane Broncos until the end of the 2024 NRL season," a club statement read.
"The club will not be entertaining a release.
"The club remains in ongoing discussions with Payne's management about what the next phase looks like for him at the Broncos.
"That includes ongoing dialogue about an extension to his current contract."
Haas confirmed on Instagram he will play for the Broncos against Gold Coast on Friday night.
"All that matters is we got a game tomorrow night and all my focus is on that," he wrote.
"All I can control is giving my all tomorrow night for my teammates and you guys (the fans)."
The impasse comes as the Broncos' three-time best-and-fairest winner engages in a courtroom battle with former manager Chris Orr, who is entitled to a commission until the current deal he struck expires.
Since changing managers Haas has been angling for an upgrade, of the belief he is being underpaid on the deal he initially agreed to.
The Broncos are keen to secure him, reportedly tabling a $6 million contract - it would have been the richest in NRL history for a prop forward - only for the 22-year-old to knock it back.
The Sydney Roosters have been heavily linked as an interested party, while the NRL's new Dolphins franchise is on the hunt for a marquee man.
Haas' younger brother Klese signed a two-year deal with Gold Coast earlier on Thursday, ironically with Orr's management company the older Haas remains at odd with.
Haas has also been backed by Brisbane despite being the subject of three separate NRL integrity unit investigations during his time at the club.
Earlier this season he was suspended for his scuffle with teammate Albert Kelly.
The 22-year-old was last year accused of intimidating a female police officer and in 2019 was punished for failing to cooperate with an NRL investigation.
The distraction comes on the eve of the State of Origin series, with Haas again expected to play a key role for NSW.
How Blues coach Brad Fittler views the stand-off will be crucial, with the mentor wary of contract negotiations interfering with his team's campaign.
Australian Associated Press
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