Either Josh Hoffman's manager Paul Hogan is throwing rogue shrimps on the barbie, the Broncos are keeping secrets or Josh Hoffman has a magnificent poker face.
In the X-Files episode that is the Hoffman saga - the truth is out there somewhere - at least one of his teammates can't see what all the fuss is about.
Hoffman's management say he wants a release to join the Bulldogs. Brisbane say he's going nowhere. And Jack Reed says the talented back seems as happy as ever at Red Hill.
A candid Reed spoke to media on Thursday and didn't shy away from the predictable questioning about the mindset and future of his fellow Bronco.
Reed said if Hoffman was looking for a way out, he was doing a good job of keeping it under his hat.
The England centre said Hoffman seemed to be 'loving it' at the Broncos and there was no indication he was desperate to escape to Sydney and the Bulldogs.
"He seemed to be loving it. He was absolutely killing it over there [at the Nines]. Hoffy is one of those blokes that's always having a laugh. He's got a great attitude," Reed said.
"I'm not too sure of his stance. I'd love to keep him here for as long as possible. He's a talented, freakish player.
"I think you boys are building it up a bit too much. He seems happy here. I'd love him to stay around and be a part of this side."
When asked if it would be an uncomfortable scenario if Hoffman was determined to find an angle out of his two-year contract, Reed conceded it wouldn't be ideal. But at the same time, he said, there was no indication that was the current state of play.
"It would stir things up but it doesn't seem that way. I can't see why he'd want to leave. He seems happy here," Reed said.
If Brisbane was to soften their stance on Hoffman's contract, it would almost certainly only occur after the opening game of the season against the Bulldogs.
Canterbury chief executive Raelene Castle said the club remained interested in Hoffman should he find his way onto the market.