Israel Folau Accepts AFL Deal

Brisbane’s boom young star Israel Folau is walking away from the Broncos and the NRL in favour of a lucrative deal with rival football code, the AFL.

Folau failed to renew his contract with the Brisbane Broncos earlier in the year, opting to take advantage of the early leave clause on his contact.

After rejecting an offer from Rugby Union club the Melbourne Rebels last month, this week Folau signed a $1 million a season contract with the AFL’s newest franchise, Greater Western Sydney.

The official announcement was made by Folau at a press conference on Monday.

Folau’s decision to leave Rugby League now has State of Origin selectors in a conundrum over whether to pick him to represent the Queensland Maroons in Game 2.

Folau’s signing to AFL is likely to stop him playing in State of Origin II

Queensland secured the State of Origin Game 1 with Folau on board, but his signing to the AFL is likely to stop him playing in State of Origin II.

How Folau’s move will affect the Brisbane Broncos for the rest of the season is also an issue, especially now when the Broncos have finally moved into the top eight for the first time in 2010 securing their third successive win in Round 11 after their worst ever start to a season.

The announcement is sure to impact on the Rugby League Betting odds for the Broncos, so visit Ladbrokes.com.au to check out the prices and have a punt on Round 12!