2022-05-30 22:49:00

Broncos enforcer Payne Haas has revealed multi-sport athlete Sonny Bill Williams has acted as a sounding board, helping the young gun through speculation surrounding his immediate future.

Haas shocked the rugby league world by handing in a request for an immediate release on Wednesday, which was subsequently denied by Brisbane powerbrokers.

The news even concerned Blues coach Brad Fittler who explained that after speaking with a Broncos boss and Haas himself he was comfortable with the situation.

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“It was one of those situations that got out of control quickly. Payne was the first person I called on Sunday. He’s important. For a 22-year-old, he’s dealt with a lot and been on a really steep learning curve,” Fittler said to the SMH.

The 22-year-old explained to reporters that Williams plays an important role in his life, helping him and checking in to make sure he is okay.

“He (Williams) has been good for me and making sure I’m all right, he’s making sure I am coping with this stuff,” Haas said.

“I know he has been through this, probably a bit worse than what I’m going through.

“He is a good role model. He has had his flaws in his life, and to see the man he has turned out to be … he’s told me to keep my head, stick to footy, and the problems I am going through now are nothing compared to what some people are going through.

“People have houses getting taken off them, losing family members. This is pretty easy for me. Footy is fun. It’s only contract stuff.

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“This is nothing compared to the things some people go through in life, the pressure they have to go through. Mums and dads trying to put food on the table for kids and not knowing how they are going to do it.”

Williams has in the past had his own contract sagas, most famously when he departed the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in 2008 for French rugby union, and now is guiding Haas through the murky waters.

Haas explained that the request was due to a mistake on his part, but the move was not about money, but about setting up his daughter Lalita.

The Broncos current offer is a long-term extension, but the young gun said the contract tabled was the same as last year’s.

“I made a mistake signing too long with my last contract … and if it was all about money, I would have left ages ago,” Haas said.

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The Broncos enforcer believed anyone in his situation would want to do the same thing.

“She is one now, just turned one,” he said to The Daily Telegraph.

“I think everyone else would be like that – trying to do what is best for their family and trying to set them up for life as well.

“I am not trying to set myself up, I am trying to set up my daughter and her kids as well. Hopefully God willing, I can get that for her.

“As long as they are happy – and whatever makes them happy – that is what I base my decision on. What is best for them and my daughter – that is what I am basing it on now.”

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