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Matt Lodge commits to Brisbane, on good terms with Kevin Walters

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Broncos mainstay Matt Lodge has revealed he plans to stay in Brisbane despite rumors of a falling out with coach Kevin Walters.

The 25-year-old’s future at Red Hill seemed clouded following reports that the club had been shopping for him and was willing to pay half of Lodge’s $ 800,000 annual salary if he moved elsewhere.

Wide World of Sports revealed late last year that Lodge had generated a lot of interest from the New Zealand Warriors, who were ready to sign the prop for a three-year, multi-million dollar deal.

It is understood that Lodge is under contract until the end of 2022 and has options in its favor for 2023-24.

Despite the recent string of rumors, Lodge has confirmed he is determined to continue his career with the Broncos and revealed that he and Walters have “worked things out.”

“There has been a lot of talk but I want to stay here,” Lodge told the Mail Mail.

“Kevvie came in as a coach and he wasn’t sure what happened with me last year.

“As a coach I guess he has every right to want me to come, but we seem to have sorted things out and I’m happy.

“Kevvie wants me here now and I’m happy to be playing here with my buddies so I’m going to spend every day I’m here.”

Lodge last season had a disappointing season after playing just six times for the club.

He was limited due to multiple knee injuries, in a season the Broncos claimed their first wooden spoon in history.

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