2020 Brisbane Broncos

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  1. Showtime

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    Obviously a lot can happen in the off season but looking at the current squad this was the best 17 I could come up with for next season.

    1. Isaako
    2. Oates
    3. Staggs
    4. Bird
    5. Coates
    6. Milford
    7. Dearden
    8. Haas
    9. Turpin
    10. Lodge
    11. Fifita
    12. Gillett
    13. Glenn

    14. Segeyaro
    15. Ofahengaue
    16. TPJ
    17. Flegler / Carrigan

    My main concerns are;

    - Isaako based on this years form and whether or not he’s good enough to play fullback or just another over ambitious winger
    - The amount of brain explosions in the forward pack with Lodge, Fifita, TPJ and Ofahengaue.
    - TPJ played 1 maybe 2 good games, got too much love for a late shot on Taumalolo and was suspended a lot. Not sure if it’s even possible but with solid forward depth perhaps a player swap with TPJ for someone like Townsend or Sezer if their clubs were happy to part ways.
    - Birds contract worries me for an injury prone centre.
    - Ideally you’d have an experienced half capable of leading a team around the park to assist Milford who is clearly to dumb to complete this task whilst Dearden learns his trade in Qcup.
    - I’m happy to give Turpin time to develop and share time with Segeyaro and to be honest I’m just happy to get rid of McCullough who essentially built a career on being a solid defensive player with little to no creativity and a rubbish dummy.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Bronco18

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    I'll put money on TPJ starting at lock. I think Glenn's days in the middle are over.

    Don't disagree with most of your concerns - this offseason is make or break for Seibold. Last offseason he was catapulted in halfway through and to an extent had to stick with what he had for a while. From all reports, McCullough/Boyd are on the outer, as is Bird, Milford and Oates. In all honesty, I'd prefer Coates to come in for Isaako on the wing. He used to be the ice man but he quickly turned into something of a liability.

    IF we can free up SOME space from McCullough and Boyd, and bring in another half, I'd be happy to persist with Milford at fullback. While he by no means set the world on fire, he was still essentially playing as a half with Boyd and Turpin having very mediocre kicking games (or non-existant). If Dearden and say a Lewis/Sezer/Croft come in, Milford can be freed up to run on the edges like he should have been doing from day one.
     
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  3. DeeJ

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    I think Isaako has regressed too much to be anything more than a depth player now, and definitely not starting full back. I don't recall seeing any playmaking abilities from him. I'd have Coates or Farnsworth - who I hear is a great goalkicker, to take his place.

    Glenn is on the bench, if he is in the team at all. Definitely not a lock.

    McCullough and Boyd are gone for sure. Feel bad for Macca, as he actually tries and at one stage he was crucial to our defense. Unfortunately his lack of speed hurts his greatly and he hasn't turned himself into a Cameron Smith type of hooker which I always thought he could be. Boyd on the other hand, I' very happy to see go.

    As much as I never agreed with the Jack Bird signing, his performances in this season I thought were very admirable. I don't think any other clubs would want to touch him at this stage - only Cronulla for depth as a former player. I wouldn't mind if he got to play a few games for us to advertise himself for another club in the future.

    I'm not sure at all about Milford. I just felt bad for him this season and probably the last few seasons, tbh. I know he is our 1 million dollar man, but he doesn't seem to be able to run a team consistently. This year he was playing the dominant half and the fullback - which isn't fair for him. I guess if he has a good off season and builds his fitness he could be our long term no.1. But we need the 6 and 7 to really step up with their kicking games, especially long range stuff. Milf was impressive for me at fullback, he wasn't the best at getting himself into position but he attacked the ball and got himself into good positions in defense.

    I also don't think Croft will be the right player for us. If he can't succeed in such a strict, structured team liek the Storm as a halfback, he must have some deficiencies. We really need a dominant half with a A grade kicking game.
     
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  4. Showtime

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    Bird has requested a release which should solve some cap issues.
     
  5. TitanBronco

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    The Broncos have a decent roster outside of the spine. Boyd made the comment about switching positions but he was switched because his form at fullback was so poor. It just seems he is not up to first grade standard anymore. McCullough is in the same boat as Boyd. Milford is grossly overpaid currently.

    It seems that Seibold holds a lot of hope in Dearden as he moved on Nikorima and released Tanah Boyd to the Titans.

    Signing players in the spine is the first priority. The question is who is out there. The market looks thin currently.
     
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  6. GoTheBroncs

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    I think the only way we can be competitive in 2020 is if we somehow jag a surprising fullback signing:

    1. Holmes/Papenhuyzen
    6. Milford
    7. Deardon
    9. Turpin

    Seems very unlikely, but our only shot me thinks.
     
  7. Nerd

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    Bellamy dropping Chambers and Croft for poor form shows why we are where we are and the Storm are where they are. Boyd despite a year of terrible form was still at the end of the year our captain and even worse our 5/8.
     
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    Bellamy had someone to replace them with, the Broncos have no one any better. The Broncos squad overall is not that strong. Isn't Lockyer on the retention and recruitment panel. I don't see any blame being apportioned to him for the rediculous salaries and long term contracts that have been signed in the last few seasons. Easy to blame Boyd for the whole season, I think he has plenty of mates.
     
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    There were other options in several weeks when Turpin/Boyd were named in the halves...

    I don't think we were ever going to be a premiership winning side given our squad, but I thought with better player selections and movements that we would have done better. And, more importantly, be much better prepared for 2020.

    Seibold needs to learn how to make the tough decisions quickly. Bellamy has been making them all year. Dropping Chambers for such an important game showed balls, especially as I am sure that Chambers is "well liked" around the club.

    I do agree that the recruitment and retention team need a good looking over. How we signed Boyd and Gillett on long term contracts is a disgrace. And Macca playing so many games for us.
     
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    Boyd wasn't the only one who didn't play well this year but his form was that woeful that replacing him with a rookie would have been a better outcome. The whole season wasn't Boyd's fault but with him being club captain and then 5/8 he was covering two crucial roles. The recruitment team definitely needs looking at for some of those long term deals but lets not forget that Bennett has his fingerprints all over some of those deals.
     
  11. Showtime

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    I often wondered what the other players and in particular the younger players thought of Boyd as a captain. To me his leadership looked so uninspiring, he didn’t say a whole lot and offered nothing on the field.

    There’s a rumour going round that Lodge will be the next captain.
     
  12. Bronco18

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    I’d say the Gillette signing was pretty defensible when it was done. When he signed he was arguably the best second rower in the world, how would someone know he would suffer a career threatening neck injury?
     
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    Yeah reminds me of Tallis

    edit not as players but their situation/career
     
  14. Bronco18

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    Ok, fair play GoTheBroncos...

    That is a bit of a joke he was given the 4 year upgrade while sidelined WITH the injury.
     

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    After watching the debacle that was the GF one thing besides the refereeing howler that did stand out was the play when attacking the try line Papalli comes behind the dummy half from the other side of the ruck and runs at the defence who are starting to slide. He scored a few tries from it throughout the year and if Cronk didn't hit him without the ball would have probably scored one during the GF as well. Payne Haas would be the perfect candidate to take this sort of run and fingers crossed we can add this play to our repertoire.
     
  16. Bronco18

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    Gotta say I’ve cooled on all this Sezer talk.

    He really seemed to take a back seat and the Raiders over relied on Jack Wighton. Still a big upgrade on whoever we have still I guess.
     
  17. Showtime

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    I tend to agree, he doesn’t offer a whole lot in attack other than a solid 5th tackle option however Sezer and Croft are both upgrades over the rubbish we had to put up with this year if we land one.

    I don’t live in Qld so I’m a little bit out of the loop but surely we have some decent halves / hooker talent coming through? I know Dearden is highly touted but surely there’s more?
     

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