“He’ll be staying here,” Walters said when asked about Lodge earlier in the week. “We just need to get some security, some safety around the players on their futures and that’s the decision we’ve made, so yeah.
“The uncertainty was probably one of the factors among the playing group and who’s staying, who’s going, so we put it in a basket and put it to the side. No one’s going anywhere, we’re going to finish the season in a positive note, in a good note, in a winning note.”
The signing of Capewell on a three-year $1.8 million deal is the first involvement of new head of football Ben Ikin, who implored the Broncos to go after the Queensland representative before he began his new role at the club.
The Panthers wanted to keep Capewell but were unable to match the money on offer north of the border.
“Kurt has talent, footy smarts, experience and a strong work ethic – all attributes we want here at the Broncos,” Ikin said.
“In the past 12 months, he has played in an NRL grand final and a winning Queensland State Of Origin team – that experience will be invaluable for our playing group.
“We have some great emerging talent here at the club who are learning to be true rugby league professionals, and I think Kurt will be a perfect addition to the squad in that respect.”
Meanwhile, the forthcoming departure of Liu from the Roosters to the Titans will help the Tricolours with their salary cap situation as they prepare to upgrade the contracts of young guns Sam Walker and Joseph Suaalii in the next couple of years.