The Brisbane Broncos are believed to be in talks with Te’o management on the possibility of him making a NRL return for the 2017 and beyond.
Te’o, 30, currently is signed with English club Worcester Warriors in the Aviva Premiership from the 2016-17 season, but is understood keeping his options open with a possible return to the Broncos.
Te’o would need to take a pay cut to fit under the Brisbane Broncos salary cap for 2017, but it is believed the deal would be a back ended 2-year deal.
The departure of Ben Hunt in 2018, would allow the Broncos to pay Te’o a considerable increase amount from what they could offer him this season.
Te’o last played in the NRL in 2014 for the South Sydney Rabbitohs before signing he made the switch to Irish Rugby Club, Leinster.
The signing of the fearsome Te’o would be a huge coup for the Broncos as the club looks to hit back after what most fans would consider a disappointing 2016 campaign.
Te’o, who won a premiership at Souths in 2014, has strong links to Queensland and the Broncos. The Keebra Park product played 75 games for Brisbane between 2009-12 and represented the Maroons in seven Origin games before his move offshore at the end of the 2014 season.
Bennett is understood to be very keen on having Te’o back, but his return is contingent on the Brisbane’s salary cap position.
Te’o could easily command upwards of $500,000 a season on the open market, but Bennett is hoping he can lure Te’o back on a considerable discount.
Bennett is a huge fan of Te’o’s hitting power and he would bring an intimidating edge to the Broncos pack. The retirement of ex-skipper Corey Parker helps free up funds, but will it be enough to bring him back to the Broncos.
Te’o’s Worcester Warriors deal is believed to expire in May, meaning the back-rower would miss the opening months of the 2017 NRL season unless the Irish club grants him an early release.
Te’o, has played 151 games since his debut for Wests Tigers in 2007, revealed a comeback to the NRL was a genuine possibility.
“I think playing Rugby overseas was something I needed to do because I needed to go away for a bit,” he said
“I never rule out coming back to rugby league … I do miss the build-up, all the support and the fans.”