The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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The exciting number seven burst onto the international scene when making his Test debut for the Kiwis in their win against Australia in October last year.
Broncos CEO Nic Cartwright commented: ?There is absolutely no link whatsoever between reported takeover bids and the signing of Thomas.?
This signing, together with the many other high quality players that will be joining us, is further evidence of our Chairman?s commitment to this club.?
Tony Rea added: ?People should not let speculation about ownership cloud the significance of this announcement.?
This is fantastic news for our club. Thomas is a rising star in the game and at just 19 years of age a current Test player.?
I see him as the next force of decision makers in the game. He?ll be given the keys to the team and asked to drive us.?
He spent time with our current management last week and this is where he wants to play.
Tony Rea will now have three very high quality halves in his line-up and is excited by the options this presents. ?What we have done is develop a unique situation whereby we will have a number of key play-makers.?
They will each be challenged to develop and progress their game in a variety of roles.?
Thomas recently played in all four of New Zealand?s Gillette Tri Nations games. Last year he was named New Zealand Warriors ?rookie of the year?.