England international Herbie Farnworth to make NRL move in 2024
England international and Brisbane Broncos outside-back Herbie Farnworth has signed a three-year deal with the Dolphins from the 2024 NRL season.
Farnworth, 23, made his NRL debut with the Broncos in 2019, after relocating to Australia from England as a youngster.
The Dolphins play seven matches each year out of Suncorp Stadium, the home ground they share with Farnworth’s current club.
Wayne Bennett attempted to sign the talented centre for the 2023 season. However, he will remain with Brisbane for the final year of his contract.
He has made 53 NRL appearances to date and made his international debut with England in 2021. He featured in four of their World Cup fixtures as Shaun Wane’s side fell short to Samoa in the semi-finals in London.
Dolphins get their man in Herbie Farnworth
“There is no doubt that Herbie has been on our radar right from the very moment we started recruiting for this club at the end of 2021,” said Dolphins’ chief executive Terry Reader.
“We made a big play to get him for 2023 and just missed out, so to now secure him on a long-term deal is a huge win for our club.
“Herbie showed what a great player he can be in the NRL for the Broncos last year before injury hampered him.
“To see him bounce back from that biceps injury at the end of last year and demonstrate what a world-class performer he is was amazing.
“We are so excited about what he will do in Dolphins’ colours.”
He will join the Dolphins when pre-season training for the 2024 season begins in November.
Brisbane head coach Kevin Walters commented: “We respect Herbie’s decision on his future and his up-front approach. He told us he would let us know before Round 1 and he was true to that.
“That’s all out of the way now and we can move forward without that as a distraction. And we know that Herbie will give everything he’s got for his team-mates and for the Broncos jersey over the 2023 season.
“We are fortunate to have some great talent in the centres here at the Broncos, led by Kotoni (Staggs) and Herbie but also with Deine Mariner and Selwyn Cobbo coming through, Jesse Arthars back with us, and Delouise Hoeter providing really good depth in that position.”
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