The Brisbane Broncos have confirmed there will be no further contract talks with Payne Haas until the end of the 2022 NRL campaign.
The Broncos are priced at 15/1 to win the 2022 grand final and the club and player do not want any further distractions as they push for silverware.
Haas caused a stir last week when he asked to be released from his current contract after the Broncos refused to give him an upgrade.
There has been a huge fall-out since which has all been played out in the public. The Broncos are concerned it could derail what looks like being a promising season and they have now taken a stand.
Broncos CEO Dave Donaghy says now is the time to put the talks to one side while everyone focuses on the season ahead.
"Everyone at our club holds Payne in the highest regard and we feel it very important to have these confidential conversations at a time of the year when there are no distractions,” he said.
“Payne has been a big part of our club for a number of years and we are looking forward to welcoming him back once his State of Origin duties conclude.”
Haas has also spoken out and has told everyone concerned with the Broncos that he will give his all for the rest of the season.
"I underestimated the public interest in my contract situation so want to put those discussions on hold and keep my focus where it needs to be," Haas added.
"I want the fans to know that they will get nothing but my best every time I pull on a Broncos jersey."