A report has emerged linking Penrith Panthers back-rower Kurt Capewell with a shock switch to the Brisbane Broncos.
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Raiders legend and Capewell’s agent Clinton Schifcofske confirmed that while several clubs have shown interest in the 27-year-old, Brisbane is his preferred destination.
A proud Queenslander, Capewell played for the Broncos’ National Youth Competition team from 2012 to 2013, before earning an NRL contract with the Cronulla Sharks.
“A return to Queensland definitely appeals to him. He will weigh up all options and see what’s on the table,” Schifcofske told NewsCorp.
“The Broncos showed some interest in the pre-season. We met with them but unfortunately the deal wasn’t the right deal at the time. Kurt backed himself to start the season well and that’s exactly what he has done off the back of Origin.
“I’m hopeful the Broncos will come back to us. He would be perfect for the Broncos, he is exactly what they need, an edge back-rower who is versatile and a leader.
“The Broncos have a lot of young forwards so to have an experienced leader who has played Origin and is a Queensland kid, it would be a good fit for the club.”
After spending much of last year in the casualty ward, Capewell stunned pundits with his impressive State of Origin debut in last year’s post-season series.
He’s now cemented a spot in the first grade side at the foot of the mountains, where he forms one of the competition’s most damaging back rows alongside Isaah Yeo and Viliame Kikau.
The former Shark was especially influential in his side’s grand final rematch with the Storm in round three, crashing over for a late try to guide the Panthers to victory.
Penrith will face the Broncos at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on Thursday evening, with kick-off scheduled for 7:50pm AEST.