2023 Official Roster (and Rumour) Tracker

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RUMOURS [STATUS]

LIVE

Riccio: Broncos sign Jaiyden Hunt on two year deal.
@1910 : Josh Rogers development deal extended/renewed.
Badel: Walsh to be offered an upgraded, extended contract (2027+) with substantial pay rise.
Badel: Mam to be offered an upgraded, extended contract (2027+) with substantial pay rise.
Badel, Read: Reynolds WILL sign a 1 year extension to 2025 at season end.
Read, Dobbo: Oates to Newcastle unless Broncos raise offer. [BUSTED. Oates says will take pay cut.]

DEAD
Badel: Madden offered a 2 year extension to 2026. [CONFIRMED]
Badel, Meyn: Reynolds seeking an extension until 2025. [CONFIRMED]
Badel, Read, Meyn: Ikin has applied to quit Broncos and head up QRL. Made final four candidates. [GONE]
Carayannis, Read: Fletcher Baker to sign for 2024/2025. [CONFIRMED]
@007 : Haas deal good as done. Heard it in a cafe. [EXPIRED]
@007 : Ben Hunt on market for 2 year minimum contract @ $800K per year. Trust me. [CONFIRMED]
@007 : Ben Hunt wants to join Roosters, but Dragons are blocking him joining a Sydney club. [BUSTED]
Badel, etc: Ben Hunt asked to join Broncos immediately, then Titans next season. [CONFIRMED, BUT REFUSED BY DRAGONS]
Badel: club has opened talks with Haas. [CONFIRMED BY AGENT]
Dobbo: Arthars, Mariner and Haas to extend. [FIRST 2 CORRECT. 3RD EXPIRED]
@McHunt : Walker is unhappy at the Roosters. Made up. [CONFIRMED]
@1910 : Quai Ward to Bulldogs immediately. [GONE]

PLAYER ROSTER FOR 2023 AND BEYOND: 28/30 FILLED
PLAYER202320242025
Adam ReynoldsHalf20232024
Billy WaltersHooker, half20232024
Blake MozerHooker202320242025
Brendan PiakuraSecond row20232024
Corey JensenProp202320242025
Corey OatesWing2023POPO
Cory PaixHooker, half202320242025
Deine MarinerCentre, wing20232024Until 2027
Delouise HoeterCentre, wing20232024
Ethan Quai-WardCentre, wingBulldogs
Ezra MamHalf20232024
Fletcher BakerProp, Second Row20242025
Herbie FarnworthCentre, wing2023Sea World
Jesse ArtharsCentre, wing, Fullback20232024Until 2026
Jock MaddenHalf20232024
Jordan RikiSecond row20232024
Jordan PereiraWing2023
Keenan PalasiaSecond row2023Titans
Kobe HetheringtonLock202320242025
Kotoni StaggsCentre202320242025
Kurt CapewellSecond row20232024
Logan BaylissProp2023
Marty TaupauProp, second row, lock20232024
Patrick CarriganProp, lock20232024Until 2028
Payne HaasProp20232024Until 2026
Reece WalshFullback202320242025
Selwyn CobboWing, centre, fullback202320242025
Thomas FleglerProp2023Sea World
Tristan SailorFullback, half202320242025
Xavier WillisonProp202320242025

DEVELOPMENT
Brendan Frei: second row
Josh Rogers: half [Renewed]
Tristan Sailor: fullback, halves
Tyson Smoothy: hooker

OFF CONTRACT 2024
Jordan Pereira
Logan Bayliss
Tyson Smoothy


STOCKS

Front Row
Carrigan, Flegler, Haas, Willison, Jensen, Bayliss, Palasia, Taupau

Second Row
Piakura, Riki, Capewell, Frei, Palasia, Taupau

Lock
Carrigan, Hetherington, Flegler, Taupau

Hooker
Mozer, Paix, Walters, Smoothy

Half
Reynolds, Mam, Walters, Paix, Madden, Rogers, Sailor

Fullback
Cobbo, Walsh, Arthars, Sailor

Centre
Farnworth, Staggs, Hoeter, Mariner, Arthars, Cobbo, Capewell

Wing
Cobbo, Oates, Arthars, Hoeter, Farnworth, Pereira


ETHNO MAP

QLD (19)
Billy Walters, Blake Mozer, Brendan Piakura, Brendan Frei, Corey Jensen, Corey Oates, Cory Paix, Ezra Mam, Josh Rogers, Keenan Palasia, Kobe Hetherington, Kurt Capewell, Logan Bayliss, Patrick Carrigan, Reece Walsh, Selwyn Cobbo, Tristan Sailor, Thomas Flegler, Tyson Smoothy

NZ (7)
Deine Mariner, Brendan Piakura, Jesse Arthars, Jordan Riki, Jordan Pereira, Marty Taupau, Xavier Willison

NSW (3)
Adam Reynolds, Jock Madden, Kotoni Staggs, Payne Haas

Indigenous (5)
Ezra Mam, Jordan Riki, Kotoni Staggs, Reece Walsh, Selwyn Cobbo

Tonga (2)
Delouise Hoeter, Kotoni Staggs

Samoa (5)
Keenan Palasia, Jesse Arthars, Jordan Pereira, Payne Haas, Marty Taupau

Cook Islands (2)
Brendan Piakura, Xavier Willison

England (1)
Herbie Farnworth
 
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The Eels plan back fired .
Sold off their forwards to keep Moses and Brown . Now don`t have the forwards depth to match the elite teams .

I agree. Everyone talks about teams with the top end talent is the way to go and of course, this is true to a large extent but it is also equally important to get the depth right. This is where moneyball signings are so important.

You look at the Panthers - yes they have the top end talent and that puts them in good stead but look at the lesser advertised signings that they make - the Hoskings, Eisenhuths and Coggers of the world. These guys aren't world beaters but you put them in there and you know they will always do a job and give you more than you pay for..

This is where we have become so much better. We've surrounded the guns with Jensens, Sailors, Arthars...s and Bakers. These guys aren't world beaters but they are excellent value for money.

This is where the Tigers, Dragons and Bulldogs of this world get it so wrong. They sign the only top end talent available and do so on huge overs because they suck and want a sugar hit to sell to their supporters. The problem is that these guys they attract are often either not key planks in the sides where they come from (hence their team letting them go) or are morons. As a result, they ignore the key depth signings and generally fill their squads out with overpaid and unproven youth and so it backfires on them because one or two injuries to the main guys and they have guys either not good value for money or not good enough to fill their spots. And the result is, many good youngsters get destroyed as collateral damage.

And we should know, this is exactly what we did with Milford, Coates, etc. To become competitive, you need to have a good management system that does not panic when it comes to recruitment and retention and builds the club from the junior pathways up. This is how you get a succession plan in place and so that you can give all of your kids a chance to improve away from the spotlight., whether they are going to be superstars or just good, solid first graders.
 
I seriously wondered wtf 360 were doing going to air on Thursday night (da fuq could they possibly have to talk about?), and wouldn't you know it, it's Sloth doomering the squad to being torn apart by other clubs before we have even lifted the trophy. Walsh is going to be commanding 1.3 million and Ezra will be up to 850k he reckons.

FMD lol
 
I seriously wondered wtf 360 were doing going to air on Thursday night (da fuq could they possibly have to talk about?), and wouldn't you know it, it's Sloth doomering the squad to being torn apart by other clubs before we have even lifted the trophy. Walsh is going to be commanding 1.3 million and Ezra will be up to 850k he reckons.

FMD lol

Credit to the ***** liver. It's a beast of a thing to keep him alive.
 
Backyard
 
I seriously wondered wtf 360 were doing going to air on Thursday night (da fuq could they possibly have to talk about?), and wouldn't you know it, it's Sloth doomering the squad to being torn apart by other clubs before we have even lifted the trophy. Walsh is going to be commanding 1.3 million and Ezra will be up to 850k he reckons.

FMD lol
This.
I love how all of a sudden, every Bronco is worth 300-400K overs. Even the guys who haven’t played a minute of first grade this year, yep, overs.
This journo beat up bullshit, on “how will they keep them all?!” STFU and enjoy the show on Sunday!!
 

Kurt is a massive stretch, he was never in any system and Broncos dropped him to Wynnum Colts from their 20’s . He was cut and went to the Roosters then they cut him. Walkers got him to Ipswich and he then went to the Sharks and Panthers.

He was home in Charleville when Walkers convinced him to come back. And keep going.
 
Kurt is a massive stretch, he was never in any system and Broncos dropped him to Wynnum Colts from their 20’s . He was cut and went to the Roosters then they cut him. Walkers got him to Ipswich and he then went to the Sharks and Panthers.

He was home in Charleville when Walkers convinced him to come back. And keep going.
Cheers for the insight. I love hearing about the Walker brothers and their impact on the game.
 
Cheers for the insight. I love hearing about the Walker brothers and their impact on the game.
Capewell (from old interviews):

"I definitely wouldn’t be here without Ben and Shane. I have leant on them throughout my entire career. It was awesome to be a part of the series win last year and I got a bit lucky with that chip kick, but Ben and Shane have given me the confidence to back myself in those sort of situations, so when I do get those opportunities I don’t second-guess yourself. I spoke to Shane about two hours ago. He gave me a ring just to say ‘congrats’ on my selection. They are both always there to help, and when they ring it is always to give me praise. That boosts your confidence, and on top of all that they are very smart footy heads, and it is just good to have them on my side. They make you believe, and that is a big thing with rugby league.”​
“When I first moved down to Brisbane after school I lived with Ben. Then after that I moved into the city and lived with Shane. I would have struggled to live in the city without them helping me out, and obviously their wives were second mothers to me … cooking and cleaning for me and teaching me the house rules. I owe a fair bit to them. Ben and Shane are very close family friends. Even if I wasn’t playing footy, I would talk to them just as much. Of course, they did get me playing that fun type of footy that everyone loves to watch. I didn’t get where I am the quickest way, but it is good to be finally playing regular NRL and for Queensland. I’m living the dream.”​
“Uncle Trev Eckel was a huge influence on me and a big part of my childhood. He was always there for me and believed in me. He was also a great character, taught me plenty of magic and card tricks and played pretty much every musical instrument under the sun. He would travel around the polocrosse circuit with us and sit there around the campfire with a guitar and be the entertainer. I did pick up a few of his card tricks and I throw a few of them at the boys every now and then … but I’m not giving away any of my secrets.”​
“I was lucky the Walker brothers were still coaching Ipswich because there were plenty of times I felt like giving up and not chasing the dream. They made me stick to it, trained me hard and I ended up making it. They’ve always believed in me.”​
“When I left Ipswich Grammar, I lived with Ben and his family first, and then moved to Brisbane when I was playing with the Broncos 20s and lived with Shane. They both gave me jobs at the time as well, so I owe them a lot. Shane has a labour hire company, so I was a labourer for him for a while. Ben has a real estate agency and I was doing work for him as a handyman and on odd jobs. The 2015 grand final was awesome, just to play with my brother Liam and to be coached by Ben and Shane. It was definitely a turning point. The next year, I got my chance at Cronulla and I’ve steadily built momentum from there.”​
“We grew up on a little bit of land just outside of town where we could run around and do what we wanted. I was the youngest of four boys and on the losing end of a few fights, but it helped develop me and I look up to my brothers to this day. We had horses and all my brothers played polocrosse for Queensland. Jake played for Australia and I made the Australian squad without getting a game. We looked forward to that every week because unfortunately, we didn’t have the numbers to always play rugby league … but your competitive nature surely doesn’t stop just because you are on a horse.”​
“Wayne Bennett grabbed me one day and said he had watched one of my brothers play in a final,” Kurt grins. I assumed it was Liam. He said, ‘No, no. He was a shorter, chubbier bloke who broke his hand in the first 10 minutes and finished the game, and was one of their best players’. That was Sam. Sam hangs his hat on Wayne Bennett saying he was the best footballer on the park that day.”​

Kurt's mum Lyn, who used to babysit the Walker brothers:

“He’s Kurt Benjamin Capewell. He’s named after Ben Walker. Manly was Kurt’s favourite team when Ben was playing there in the early 2000s. Ben was the kicker, and ever since then Kurt wanted to be a kicker as well. Even now, after Broncos training, Kurt will challenge Reyno to a kick-off for a coffee. When Kurt was a boy, he would practise for hours and then would do 50 or 60 sit-ups before he’d go to bed, because that’s what he’d seen Ben do. He wanted to be a professional footballer from an early age … just like Ben.”​
“When Kurt was a tiny baby, our son Jake broke his elbow and we both flew by Flying Doctor to Toowoomba. The first person to walk up and meet us when we landed was Ben Walker. Ben was with Garry and Trish, and he took Kurt home in his arms and they looked after him while I went to the hospital. Ben later brought Kurt up to the hospital to have a feed at midnight. He was like a little old nanny himself back then.”​
“Kurt's uncle Trevor Eckle was a shearing contractor … and one day he set off from a property and walked 60 kilometres all the way into Charleville. Nothing would stop him. He could never play himself, but he was really keen on football and followed Kurt’s career. When you are a little boy, you think everything is magic and Kurt has still got some magic tricks that he learned off Trevor. When he was about 14, he’d bet with people at polocrosse about what the next card would be … and they’d go to pay him, but he’d never take the money.”​
“Living out west as Kurt did made him more resilient and gave him a never-say-die attitude, which we instilled in all of our boys. Once they got to 14, they ran out of competitions to play in. It has been a long, hard road for him. He never made any representative sides as a young fellow. He got to Ipswich Grammar, played First XV rugby union and was recognised by the AFL and trained with the Brisbane Lions academy. When he was with the Brisbane under-20s, he was doing a carpentry apprenticeship and would be working in Ipswich or the Sunshine Coast and would have to travel back to Brisbane, by train sometimes. He’d get back tired but one way or another, he would always find a way to get there. Kurt has always found a way.”​

Shane Walker:

“Along with his tricks with cards Trev had magical disappearing thumbs and coins pulled out from behind your ear, all tricks Kurt still has. You go to shake Kurt’s hand and he will tuck his thumb in towards his little finger and before you know it, you are shaking halfway up his arm. He’s always had great sleight of hand as a footballer as well, when need be. That chip infield for a try that fooled everyone on his debut for the Maroons in 2020, when he was playing centre, was right out of that playbook.”​
“Kurt's brother Jake is as tough as old boots. He’s been a man since he was about seven. They are all tough boys. Sam played in the Ipswich Jets BRL grand final winning side in 2015 with a broken hand. He broke it about two weeks earlier.”​

Ben Walker:

“There is plenty of magic in Kurt you still haven’t seen. We’ve seen it but the NRL hasn’t. He has got a lot more tricks up his sleeve. Kurt is the best at short kick-offs that I have ever seen and particularly into the wind. When he kicked the winning field goal against Souths in round 1, my second boy, Jack, reminded me that the last time he’d seen Kurt kicking field goals was when we were training at Red Hill back in 2015 on game day, three hours before the Queensland Cup grand final. He was slotting them from everywhere that day and Jack was collecting the balls for him. So we’ve seen the stuff he can do all the time but the NRL hasn’t.”​

“Watching Kurt is like watching one of my own boys run around. He was without a club when he came back to the Jets. We got him going again and a few years later, he goes down to the Sharks, wins a comp with Penrith and now he’s killing it at Brisbane. It is great to see.”​
 
Capewell (from old interviews):

"I definitely wouldn’t be here without Ben and Shane. I have leant on them throughout my entire career. It was awesome to be a part of the series win last year and I got a bit lucky with that chip kick, but Ben and Shane have given me the confidence to back myself in those sort of situations, so when I do get those opportunities I don’t second-guess yourself. I spoke to Shane about two hours ago. He gave me a ring just to say ‘congrats’ on my selection. They are both always there to help, and when they ring it is always to give me praise. That boosts your confidence, and on top of all that they are very smart footy heads, and it is just good to have them on my side. They make you believe, and that is a big thing with rugby league.”​
“When I first moved down to Brisbane after school I lived with Ben. Then after that I moved into the city and lived with Shane. I would have struggled to live in the city without them helping me out, and obviously their wives were second mothers to me … cooking and cleaning for me and teaching me the house rules. I owe a fair bit to them. Ben and Shane are very close family friends. Even if I wasn’t playing footy, I would talk to them just as much. Of course, they did get me playing that fun type of footy that everyone loves to watch. I didn’t get where I am the quickest way, but it is good to be finally playing regular NRL and for Queensland. I’m living the dream.”​
“Uncle Trev Eckel was a huge influence on me and a big part of my childhood. He was always there for me and believed in me. He was also a great character, taught me plenty of magic and card tricks and played pretty much every musical instrument under the sun. He would travel around the polocrosse circuit with us and sit there around the campfire with a guitar and be the entertainer. I did pick up a few of his card tricks and I throw a few of them at the boys every now and then … but I’m not giving away any of my secrets.”​
“I was lucky the Walker brothers were still coaching Ipswich because there were plenty of times I felt like giving up and not chasing the dream. They made me stick to it, trained me hard and I ended up making it. They’ve always believed in me.”​
“When I left Ipswich Grammar, I lived with Ben and his family first, and then moved to Brisbane when I was playing with the Broncos 20s and lived with Shane. They both gave me jobs at the time as well, so I owe them a lot. Shane has a labour hire company, so I was a labourer for him for a while. Ben has a real estate agency and I was doing work for him as a handyman and on odd jobs. The 2015 grand final was awesome, just to play with my brother Liam and to be coached by Ben and Shane. It was definitely a turning point. The next year, I got my chance at Cronulla and I’ve steadily built momentum from there.”​
“We grew up on a little bit of land just outside of town where we could run around and do what we wanted. I was the youngest of four boys and on the losing end of a few fights, but it helped develop me and I look up to my brothers to this day. We had horses and all my brothers played polocrosse for Queensland. Jake played for Australia and I made the Australian squad without getting a game. We looked forward to that every week because unfortunately, we didn’t have the numbers to always play rugby league … but your competitive nature surely doesn’t stop just because you are on a horse.”​
“Wayne Bennett grabbed me one day and said he had watched one of my brothers play in a final,” Kurt grins. I assumed it was Liam. He said, ‘No, no. He was a shorter, chubbier bloke who broke his hand in the first 10 minutes and finished the game, and was one of their best players’. That was Sam. Sam hangs his hat on Wayne Bennett saying he was the best footballer on the park that day.”​

Kurt's mum Lyn, who used to babysit the Walker brothers:

“He’s Kurt Benjamin Capewell. He’s named after Ben Walker. Manly was Kurt’s favourite team when Ben was playing there in the early 2000s. Ben was the kicker, and ever since then Kurt wanted to be a kicker as well. Even now, after Broncos training, Kurt will challenge Reyno to a kick-off for a coffee. When Kurt was a boy, he would practise for hours and then would do 50 or 60 sit-ups before he’d go to bed, because that’s what he’d seen Ben do. He wanted to be a professional footballer from an early age … just like Ben.”​
“When Kurt was a tiny baby, our son Jake broke his elbow and we both flew by Flying Doctor to Toowoomba. The first person to walk up and meet us when we landed was Ben Walker. Ben was with Garry and Trish, and he took Kurt home in his arms and they looked after him while I went to the hospital. Ben later brought Kurt up to the hospital to have a feed at midnight. He was like a little old nanny himself back then.”​
“Kurt's uncle Trevor Eckle was a shearing contractor … and one day he set off from a property and walked 60 kilometres all the way into Charleville. Nothing would stop him. He could never play himself, but he was really keen on football and followed Kurt’s career. When you are a little boy, you think everything is magic and Kurt has still got some magic tricks that he learned off Trevor. When he was about 14, he’d bet with people at polocrosse about what the next card would be … and they’d go to pay him, but he’d never take the money.”​
“Living out west as Kurt did made him more resilient and gave him a never-say-die attitude, which we instilled in all of our boys. Once they got to 14, they ran out of competitions to play in. It has been a long, hard road for him. He never made any representative sides as a young fellow. He got to Ipswich Grammar, played First XV rugby union and was recognised by the AFL and trained with the Brisbane Lions academy. When he was with the Brisbane under-20s, he was doing a carpentry apprenticeship and would be working in Ipswich or the Sunshine Coast and would have to travel back to Brisbane, by train sometimes. He’d get back tired but one way or another, he would always find a way to get there. Kurt has always found a way.”​

Shane Walker:

“Along with his tricks with cards Trev had magical disappearing thumbs and coins pulled out from behind your ear, all tricks Kurt still has. You go to shake Kurt’s hand and he will tuck his thumb in towards his little finger and before you know it, you are shaking halfway up his arm. He’s always had great sleight of hand as a footballer as well, when need be. That chip infield for a try that fooled everyone on his debut for the Maroons in 2020, when he was playing centre, was right out of that playbook.”​
“Kurt's brother Jake is as tough as old boots. He’s been a man since he was about seven. They are all tough boys. Sam played in the Ipswich Jets BRL grand final winning side in 2015 with a broken hand. He broke it about two weeks earlier.”​

Ben Walker:

“There is plenty of magic in Kurt you still haven’t seen. We’ve seen it but the NRL hasn’t. He has got a lot more tricks up his sleeve. Kurt is the best at short kick-offs that I have ever seen and particularly into the wind. When he kicked the winning field goal against Souths in round 1, my second boy, Jack, reminded me that the last time he’d seen Kurt kicking field goals was when we were training at Red Hill back in 2015 on game day, three hours before the Queensland Cup grand final. He was slotting them from everywhere that day and Jack was collecting the balls for him. So we’ve seen the stuff he can do all the time but the NRL hasn’t.”​

“Watching Kurt is like watching one of my own boys run around. He was without a club when he came back to the Jets. We got him going again and a few years later, he goes down to the Sharks, wins a comp with Penrith and now he’s killing it at Brisbane. It is great to see.”​
Having grown up with all of them through primary and high school, I just love their footy journey. My dad (adopted) played plenty of footy with and against their old man at all levels. Top human beings, Ben and Shane - they always were from the get go.

Interestingly, they didn’t have one/kids had no access to a Television until around late 80’s/early 90’s. At school, all the kids were amazed and a little bit horrified whilst gossiping about it. It worked and is evidenced by their good natured selves.
 
Having grown up with all of them through primary and high school, I just love their footy journey. My dad (adopted) played plenty of footy with and against their old man at all levels. Top human beings, Ben and Shane - they always were from the get go.

Interestingly, they didn’t have one/kids had no access to a Television until around late 80’s/early 90’s. At school, all the kids were amazed and a little bit horrified whilst gossiping about it. It worked and is evidenced by their good natured selves.
I spent a chunk of my childhood without TV, or only intermittent TV. It would fade in and out. And that was only the ABC. If the ionospheric conditions were right - thunderstorms usually, we might get a glimpse of DDQ 10/4/5 in Toowoomba
 
I spent a chunk of my childhood without TV, or only intermittent TV. It would fade in and out. And that was only the ABC. If the ionospheric conditions were right - thunderstorms usually, we might get a glimpse of DDQ 10/4/5 in Toowoomba
My Tv was much the same. Variances of ‘snow’ was the best we could muster till the late eighties.
 
Interestingly, they didn’t have one/kids had no access to a Television until around late 80’s/early 90’s. At school, all the kids were amazed and a little bit horrified whilst gossiping about it. It worked and is evidenced by their good natured selves.

I spent a chunk of my childhood without TV, or only intermittent TV. It would fade in and out. And that was only the ABC. If the ionospheric conditions were right - thunderstorms usually, we might get a glimpse of DDQ 10/4/5 in Toowoomba

Clearly it doesn't always work.
 
I don't think it's a massive stretch at all for the Broncos to claim Capewell. He first spent his formative years at the club and it wasn't like it was a cameo, he played a full season and a half before he got a chance at the Roosters.

Obviously his time at the Jets served him well and he went from one successful system to another but his first taste of an NRL system was the Broncos.
 

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