Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Sam Glad There's Still Some Loyalty in Game; Broncos Star Happy Coach Shows Faith

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Sam Glad There's Still Some Loyalty in Game; Broncos Star Happy Coach Shows Faith

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Byline: Terry Mallinder News Regional Media

SAM Thaiday has always been big on loyalty.

A 15-year career with the Brisbane Broncos, including 260-plus NRL appearances, is testament to that commitment.

Even when clubs south of the border came calling with cheque book open.

Thaiday was approached with enticing offers "a couple of times, early in my career".

"In my first big season of playing representative football (2006) there was a lot of opportunity to go down south," he recalls to News Regional Media.

"But, I've always had that loyalty about me. I made sure I stayed with the one club.

"That's what I brought with me down from Townsville, loyalty."

Not a week goes by now when another big-name NRL player signs with a rival club, James Tedesco the latest.

And while Thaiday resisted the temptation, he understands why one-club players are becoming a thing of the past.

"It is the way the system is set up," he said. "It is so hard now to be a loyal player.

"With all these salary caps, with some of these Sydney clubs offering so much money, it's hard not to take it up. I understand that.

"I'm one of the blessed ones to have had a long career, but it doesn't last forever. It's only a short period of time in your life. You have to make as much money as you can, make sure you set your life up for you and your family."

Thaiday, 31, and current skipper Darius Boyd are the last Broncos standing from the 2006 NRL grand final win over the Storm. Though Boyd has gone to the Dragons and Knights and come back.

Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater remain with the Storm from their 2006 premiership-decider line-up, but then-teammates Adam Blair (now with the Broncos) and Greg Inglis (Rabbitohs) have switched allegiances.

"Over the years I've had a lot of really good mates who have either left the club or retired now," Thaiday said. …

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