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'We don't have a LeBron James': Pangai weighs in on transfer frenzy

It was a question Tevita Pangai could not possibly answer yet his response to the latest movements in the player transfer market were as perfect as they were entertaining.

With social media blowing up on Thursday morning with reports that Jaydn Su'A had joined the Rabbitohs effective immediately, all Pangai could do was look back over his shoulder as his Broncos teammate – at least for now – walked from the training field and into the club's palatial new training centre.

Among truth bombs he dropped in an interview spanning six minutes and 46 seconds – including the fact that the long-touted New South Wales Origin backrower actually supports Queensland – Pangai succinctly summed up the influence of players in mid-season moves.

"We just do what we get told and work with the players that come in," said Pangai, back from a week in camp with Tonga to prepare for a crucial clash with Newcastle on Saturday.

"That's out of our control. Our job is to do what we do and that's play footy."

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As the countdown to the June 30 transfer deadline inches closer to zero, James Roberts and Dallin Watene-Zelezniak set the most recent movement in motion with their switch to the Rabbitohs and Bulldogs respectively.

This week has seen ex-Titan Max King and former Warrior Solomone Kata join the Storm, Scott Drinkwater leave Melbourne to join the Cowboys, Sam Stone arrive at the Titans and now, after acquiring Rhys Kennedy, the Broncos seem set to let Su'A link with South Sydney.

Asked whether such mid-season shuffling disrupted the chemistry of those left behind, Pangai referenced Anthony Davis's recent move from the NBA's New Orleans Pelicans to the Los Angeles Lakers and the different role of NRL players in such matters.

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“We don't have a LeBron James here controlling the market and controlling the player movements," he said.

"We get paid pretty well to put our best foot forward. That's Paul White and Peter Nolan and [Anthony] Seibold's job, not ours."

Regarding speculation around his own playing future beyond 2019, Pangai had prepared to praise the Brisbane's warm climate, only for the heavens to open and ruin the moment.

Close friend and Broncos prop Matthew Lodge has also been linked with a big-money move to the Warriors, but again Pangai played it cool.

"What's happening with him?" Pangai countered when quizzed as to Lodge's leanings.

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Throwing a new element into any potential contract negotiations with the Warriors is that Lodge's father-in-law, Peter O'Sullivan, is in charge of recruitment at the Auckland-based club, a factor Pangai found quite amusing.

“I don't know if he wants to be working with his father-in-law," Pangai said.

"That would be pretty awkward for me."

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