Jack Bird of the Sharks following his team's win in the 2016 NRL grand final.
Jack Bird of the Sharks following his team's win in the 2016 NRL grand final. DAN HIMBRECHTS

Broncos lodge complaint against Sharks: report

BRISBANE has reportedly lodged an official complaint to the NRL against Cronulla for breaking one of the game's unwritten rules.

Fairfax Media has reported the Broncos were left livid at the Sharks after the latter announced Jack Bird's defection in a media release on Thursday morning.

Bird's contract - believed to be three years with an option for a fourth - is finalised but Brisbane's website still hasn't confirmed the signing, even though Wayne Bennett spoke about it on Thursday.

Fairfax reports the NRL subsequently issued an email to all 16 clubs reiterating the laws around such announcements.

"The rule prohibiting the announcement of any signing until the cooling off period has expired only applies to the team signing a new player," an NRL spokesperson said.

"So the Sharks have not broken an NRL rule. However the NRL will be writing to clubs reminding them of the right protocols in relation to signing or releasing a player."

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