Cronulla's Jack Bird in tears with James Maloney at full-time after the Sharks loss to the Cowboys in the Elimination Final at Allianz Stadium.
Cronulla's Jack Bird in tears with James Maloney at full-time after the Sharks loss to the Cowboys in the Elimination Final at Allianz Stadium. Brett Costello

Hard times for Brisbane recruit Jack Bird

BRONCOS-bound sensation Jack Bird has revealed how difficult it was this year dealing with the persistent rumours that he did not want to move to Brisbane.

The former Cronulla centre was rocked by suggestions earlier this year that he wanted to backflip on his million-dollar deal with the Broncos to stay with the Sharks.

But Bird says that was never the case and the continual interest in his movements put a bit of pressure on him.

Bird could be at the Red Hill base as soon as November if he misses World Cup selection and said he could not wait to join his new club.

"It was a little bit hard," he said of the constant scrutiny around his move.

"I was going into every game with people thinking I was going to do a backflip. My phone kept ringing and the media kept trying to talk to me.

"If I didn't want to go to Brisbane, I wouldn't have signed there and I would have done a backflip by now.

Rikki-Lee Arnold

News Corp Australia


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