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Future uncertain as Oates plays 200th game for Broncos

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Corey Oates will line up for his 200th NRL game for the Broncos with his future at the club still to be decided.

With the 28-year-old winger due to play against Canberra away on Saturday, AAP has been told Oates has a one-year extension offer on the table from the Broncos.

It is a virtual 'take it or leave it' scenario although negotiations are ongoing with his management.

Oates would have hit his 200th milestone against Canterbury in round 20 but missed out after sustaining a meniscus injury to his knee at training.

Ahead of that game he expressed his desire to remain at the Broncos and be a one-club player - his dream ever since he joined the club as a teenager.

"To finish up here would be great," he said.

Oates had an option in his favour for next year, and another for 2025, but he rescinded those.

The Broncos have offered him more money for 2024 than the agreed deal on the now-defunct option but less than the salary he is on this year.

Brisbane back-rower Jordan Riki said he hoped a deal could be struck to keep Oates at the club.

"I'd be gutted (if he left) but I guess that is rugby league. It is part of the game sometimes ... but I love Corey," Riki said.

"I'd love to have him around as long as possible."

Famed for being full of life at all times of day, Oates brings plenty more to the table than just his dynamic running and personality.

"He is one of those people who took me under his wing when I first came in," Riki said.

"He had a lot of experience and debuted at a young age so he definitely related to a lot of us young boys coming through.

"He's had his ups and downs in his career and is someone I have leant on with my mental (approach) and how to cope with things.

"I am definitely excited for Corey to have his 200th. He deserves it at this club."

Last year Oates earned a State of Origin recall for Queensland and scored a career-high 20 tries for the season to take his overall tally to 118, just 24 behind club legend and record holder Steve Renouf.

He is yet to score a try this season but opportunities have been scarce.

It has been a frustrating 2023 for Oates, who has played just seven games after sustaining a broken jaw and a grade-two posterior cruciate ligament injury earlier in the year.