Ex-Test prop Ben Hannant is sweating on a new NRL deal from Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett after admitting he has not received official offers from rivals.
Ben Hannant admits he “wouldn’t get a Christmas card” from ex-Brisbane coach Anthony Griffin but does not regret the incident that put him on the outer at the Broncos.
Off contract Hannant, 29, is sweating on a new deal from Griffin’s replacement – master coach Wayne Bennett – after admitting he has not received official offers from other clubs ahead of the 2015 NRL season.
Hannant had been linked to the North Queensland Cowboys, Gold Coast and Manly.
However, the ex-Test prop is still keen to stay at Brisbane despite falling out of favour at the club with Griffin at the helm.
It is believed Griffin was unhappy about the advice Hannant gave to a young Broncos player about his market value in May.
Hannant reportedly told the player what a realistic contract offer for next season would resemble without realising his young teammate was already in negotiations with the club.
Asked about his relationship with Griffin, Hannant told Triple M radio: “I wouldn’t get a Christmas card.
“We didn’t gel as well as we would have liked but that’s footy – now we move on.”
Hannant saw little first grade action after the incident but claimed he would do the same thing again if the situation arose.
“I honestly did nothing different to any other senior player did to me when I was coming through when I asked them for advice,” he said.
“And I will continue to do that. I will stick to who I am.”
Regarding his future, Hannant said the ball was now in Brisbane’s court.
“I would love to stay but I am a realist,” he said.
“There is only so much you can fit in that salary cap.
“Wayne’s gone away and see what he can do in the next couple of weeks so I will just keep playing the patient game.
“There are no official offers yet (from other clubs).”