Bird set to join Broncos after rejecting Sharks offer


New South Wales Origin star Jack Bird is set to join Brisbane Broncos, reigning NRL champions Cronulla Sharks confirmed.

On Thursday, the Sharks revealed Bird had rejected their offer in favour of a multi-year contract at the Broncos, who are yet to announce the deal.

Cronulla's deal put forward to the 22-year-old was their "highest ever financial offer to secure a current player", but they could not match Brisbane's "multi-million dollar deal".

"While we are always disappointed to see any player move on from our club, and particularly one of Jack's talent, it is also important to note that the future of our club is not built around any one individual," Sharks CEO Lyall Gorman said in a statement.

Bird made his debut for the Sharks in round four of the 2015 season and he has since gone on to help the club end their premiership drought in 2016.

The star centre, who also made his Origin bow last year, has made 56 tackles, seven offloads and tallied three try assists in six games this season following his 26 appearances last campaign.

Sharks head coach Shane Flanagan added: "On behalf of the coaching staff and players I am terribly disappointed that Jack has decided to move on considering he made his NRL debut at our club, was the NRL Rookie of the Year, made his debut for Origin and won a premiership all within the space of just over two years.

"Since debuting for us in 2015, our club has played a major role in developing Jack into a State of Origin level player which is a testament to the talent identification and player development systems we have in place. We look forward to steering many more of our talented young players along a similar journey in the years to come.  

"While we wish Jack well in his future endeavours, he is a professional and we have no doubt he will continue to give his full focus to his club and his team-mates on and off the field and play a major role throughout 2017."