Badel Warning Anthony Seibold insists Darius Boyd will not be forced into an early retirement

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Anthony Seibold insists Darius Boyd will not be forced into an early retirement


Peter Badel,
The Courier-Mail
an hour ago

Broncos coach Anthony Seibold insists Darius Boyd will not be pushed into early retirement and has backed his besieged skipper to continue his career at Brisbane in 2020. Incessant criticism of Boyd has sparked a passionate defence from his wife Kayla, who took to social media to hit back in support of her husband ahead of Friday’s round 24 clash against Parramatta at Suncorp Stadium.


Boyd’s wife slammed

Boyd’s wife slammed the “unwarranted opinion”, claiming speculation about the Broncos captain retiring at season’s end was “complete lies” and “fabricated allegations”. Boyd is off-contract at the end of 2020 with a contractual clause for a further 12-month extension in 2021 that is contingent upon him playing at least 15 games next season. Speaking on the eve of Brisbane’s crucial penultimate round clash against the sixth-placed Eels, Seibold says he is so content about the 314-game stalwart playing on in 2020 he hasn’t broached the topic of retirement.

Seibold has stood by Boyd all season. AAP Image/Jono Searle.

Seibold has stood by Boyd all season. AAP Image/Jono Searle.

“It hasn’t been spoken about,” Seibold said when asked if Boyd would retire at season’s end. “Darius has another two years to go on his contract. He has been a fantastic leader for us. “He has copped a lot of criticism from what I understand throughout the season but he has been fantastic for me and our young group. “He is a premiership winner as well and we don’t have too many here who have won premierships. “Darius is somebody who has earnt the respect through his performances over a long period of time. He has a lot of deposits in the bank so there has been no conversation with Darius (about retirement). “I’m not sure where that has come from. Darius hasn’t indicated to me that he wants to hang the boots up. Ultimately he has a two-year contract.”

Since Boyd’s move from fullback to five-eighth eight weeks ago, the Broncos have lost just twice, but the 32-year-old came under fire for making one run for two metres against the Cowboys three weeks ago. Seibold says he has had some candid conversations with Boyd about facets of his game that can improve. “We’ve had some discussions about what he can do better with his game,” he said. “He is open and honest, you guys know Darius, he knows when he hasn’t played well. “Sometimes it’s a conversation between coach and player about, ‘You can do this better and you are doing this well’. “We always have opportunities for feedback but we have a young group, we don’t have a lot of experience and Darius being a premiership winner knows what it takes to get the job done. “I’ve never thought any different (about him playing in 2020).


We have a really narrow focus

When I came to the club and you see the roster, you see the contracts and the length of the contracts of the players, there has not been one discussion between myself and Darius about his plans for next year. “Our main focus is on tomorrow night and looking ahead to next year is not going to help us get the performance we need against Parramatta. We have a really narrow focus.”

The Broncos have one injury concern with Queensland Origin forward Joe Ofahengaue in doubt with a calf concern. He will have a fitness test on Thursday at Brisbane’s captain’s run with Rhys Kennedy on standby should be ruled out.

Boyd switched to five-eighth several weeks ago. AAP Image/Jono Searle.

Boyd switched to five-eighth several weeks ago. AAP Image/Jono Searle.

Fellow prop Tom Flegler will take his place against the Eels after missing training on Wednesday with a virus. “I’ve been informed by the physios, we think Joe has a minor strain or tightness in his calf but obviously we want him to play,” Seibold said. “Flegler is fine, he had a day away from training, he wasn’t feeling well so we gave him a day off. I spoke to him yesterday afternoon and he is feeling good and he will be right to train and play. “Rhys Kennedy has been named in our 21 so he is the choice to come in (if Ofahengaue is ruled out), he has done a really good job when he has played, so there’s no dramas there.”


obviously

Seibold is wary of the Eels with the eighth-placed Broncos needing to win their final two games to be certain of playing finals football. “Their back five has been really impressive for them this year,” he said. “With (Clint) Gutherson and (Maika) Sivo and Waqa Blake, Michael Jennings is very experienced and Blake Ferguson has been the form winger for the best part of this season. “We have got ourselves in the top eight and we want to stay there, obviously it’s an important game from that context.”
 
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Huge

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Mmmm, Boyd's not playing brilliantly but he's playing okay. I imagine two wins will have most of us stay quiet until we lose again.

I'm amazed the coach doesn't really get why Boyd and his form has attracted so much comment. We now know Seibold has absolutely no intention to replace Boyd now or next year.
 

CaptainHook

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Another Darius Boyd article...

Seriously, how many ways can the Courier Mail say the same thing?

I like Darbs. Honestly, I don't think he's going too bad.

Yeah there were some defensive mistakes against the Rabbitohs and we needed to be more composed in attack, but he's got more right than wrong after a handful of games in a new position, I think.

The dog piling, mouth frothing and eye bulging regarding Boyd is entertaining to be sure but is getting a little tiresome and tedious.

Looking at it from a slightly different angle - what if both Bennett and Seibold think he's still a pretty good player?

That's hilarious right?

Like when Gordie said the Broncos went back to "Bennett-ball" in that huge win over the Roosters - the comments were largely ignored because it suited nobody's agenda so Seibs backing Darbs won't get much traction or acceptance.
 

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Do all you Pro-Boyd posters not understand there is a big problem for the club moving forward when you have an $800k player who is way past his best playing in an important attacking position on the field?

‘Oh but he isn’t playing as bad as we make out’

That excuse only washes if he is on half the amount and not stunting our attack and playing in self preservation mode.
 

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Do all you Pro-Boyd posters not understand there is a big problem for the club moving forward when you have an $800k player who is way past his best playing in an important attacking position on the field?

‘Oh but he isn’t playing as bad as we make out’

That excuse only washes if he is on half the amount and not stunting our attack and playing in self preservation mode.
It's not Boyds fault he keeps getting picked, and it's not Boyds fault the club decided to pay him big money. The way some of you carry on its like Darius is forcing people to pick him.
 

CaptainHook

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Do all you Pro-Boyd posters not understand there is a big problem for the club moving forward when you have an $800k player who is way past his best playing in an important attacking position on the field?

‘Oh but he isn’t playing as bad as we make out’

That excuse only washes if he is on half the amount and not stunting our attack and playing in self preservation mode.
Now that's the spirit!

I wouldn't exactly say I'm "Pro-Boyd" - I'm just trying to take the good with the bad.

Darbs made a crucial play the other night regathering a charge down and making a strong run in return.

It was massive. The ball ended up in our in-goal. It could've easily been a try to the Bunnies.

A try saved is a try scored and all that.

Also, the missed tackles and bad defensive reads are a problem. Not saying they aren't. Give the bloke a chance. He's been a five-eighth for five minutes!

Also, most important positions in a footy team are taken up by players earning big dollars.

Dropping them seems a worse idea than trying to make use of them somehow. It's tough to articulate why.

The Broncos aren't the only club that struggle with this.

Not that I watch many Knights games but it's really interesting how only a handful of commentators have had the courage to question Kalyn Ponga's recent efforts and attitude.

He could easily be dropped for a week to reserve grade. I'd do it. Or maybe I wouldn't.
 

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It's not Boyds fault he keeps getting picked, and it's not Boyds fault the club decided to pay him big money. The way some of you carry on its like Darius is forcing people to pick him.
I feel like people are pretty salty across the board. I’ve seen criticism aimed at Bennett, the board, White, and Seibold. The attacks do get too personal at times but no one has solely blamed Boyd. He will obviously cop most the criticism because he’s the one taking knees and slipping in quite suspect situations,
 

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Mmmm, Boyd's not playing brilliantly but he's playing okay. I imagine two wins will have most of us stay quiet until we lose again.

I'm amazed the coach doesn't really get why Boyd and his form has attracted so much comment. We now know Seibold has absolutely no intention to replace Boyd now or next year.
The coach is somewhat limited in what he can say at pressers, it's not like Seibold can say "yeah you cunts are bang on, Boyd's the fucken shittest **** what ever strapped on a pair of boots ay." And even if he toned his criticism right down, that's the way it'd be reported given the current narrative around Boyd along with the absolute tyre fire that is our media.
 

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I've got no issue with him being dropped. He isn't performing well enough. I just feel people are targeting their ire at the wrong bloke.
I'll give him this season even though it's been going on for 2 seasons now. But an honourable bloke that really cared about the club and his own legacy would do the right thing and hang up the boots this off-season. That said if he does hang around then it's up to Seibs to pull the trigger.


The attacks do get too personal at times
I say get as personal as you like, he doesn't read it remember.
 

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I'll give him this season even though it's been going on for 2 seasons now. But an honourable bloke that really cared about the club and his own legacy would do the right thing and hang up the boots this off-season. That said if he does hang around then it's up to Seibs to pull the trigger.



I say get as personal as you like, he doesn't read it remember.
Why should he have to quit if he thinks he has more to offer and the coach thinks he has more to offer? I think it's a cop out. He has a contract he earned, if he wants to see it out so be it. Doesnt mean he should be in the team. If he isn't playing well enough or if we can come up with a better performer, then Seibold should drop him and pick the other bloke.

All the people wanting him to break his contract and give it away would be spitting chips if say Payne Haas decided to do a Sonny Bill and walk away from his contract half way through. For good or bad, if you have a contract, both parties should be entitled to stick to it. Just because you don't quit doesn't mean you arent honorable or you don't love the club.
 

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I think Seibs said the reason he hasn't been dropped. He has been great for him and all the young blokes. Maybe Boyd is a good leader behind the scenes. Is a professional and honourable bloke who owns his current form in private with his teammates and coach. Maybe the boys love him and want him to be at his best again.

While we all bag the bloke from the outside we have zero idea of what goes on behind closed doors. He could be the thing that has held the team together post Wayne. Boyd can have his chance next year. The club and him will have 14 games to find out if he still has it.

I would rather a senior player like Boyd then slippery cunts like Pearce, Ponga and Klemmer who would rather try and get their coached sacked then own their shit performances. I don't care about what Boyd says in the media as long as him and the coach are honest in private.
 

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I think Seibs said the reason he hasn't been dropped. He has been great for him and all the young blokes. Maybe Boyd is a good leader behind the scenes. Is a professional and honourable bloke who owns his current form in private with his teammates and coach. Maybe the boys love him and want him to be at his best again.

While we all bag the bloke from the outside we have zero idea of what goes on behind closed doors. He could be the thing that has held the team together post Wayne. Boyd can have his chance next year. The club and him will have 14 games to find out if he still has it.

I would rather a senior player like Boyd then slippery cunts like Pearce, Ponga and Klemmer who would rather try and get their coached sacked then own their shit performances. I don't care about what Boyd says in the media as long as him and the coach are honest in private.
Well said man, spot on.

I'm not exactly going to be calling Boyd the best 5/8 in the game or anything, he's clearly struggling but at some point it's better to just move the **** on as fans IMO.

If Seibold thinks he is part of our best 17, so be it. He clearly offers a fair bit away from his direct efforts otherwise why would the coach back him so valiantly? Seibold owes Darius nothing, he never signed him, he could easily drop him.

We all know man management is just as important as tactical plays in the NRL and Boyd being in the team could very well be a net benefit. We don't know, we'll never know but how would it look to Payne Haas when Boyd has 2 years on his contract and the club tells him to **** off? Well guess what, he might think well **** this place, I should try to get out of my contract too.

Same thing with Glenn, excellent player, he may not necessarily be in our starting 13 but looking after your veterans is how you convince guys like David Fafita to stick around because one day he may not be the superstar prospect he is today. Would you rather sign with the Broncos or a club like the Roosters who will find a "positive result" when they need a player out the door, no matter how long or how much they've signed on for.

You don't build culture by treating players badly.

Now that all being said, if Boyd is not in our best 17, that's not his call to make, it's Seibold's call to make and you can still look after experienced veterans where they still play an important role every week even if they're not running out in first grade come Friday.
 

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Does anybody care about the fact that Darius without question is the worst 5/8 in the NRL? If he plays fullback, then he is the worst 1 in the NRL? I like Seibold but FMD if a player fails to perform then you have to drop him. Part of being a coach is doing what is best for the side and that includes making the tough calls.
 

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Does anybody care about the fact that Darius without question is the worst 5/8 in the NRL? If he plays fullback, then he is the worst 1 in the NRL? I like Seibold but FMD if a player fails to perform then you have to drop him. Part of being a coach is doing what is best for the side and that includes making the tough calls.
...i feel your pain, and we will never know what Broncs would have done had Boyd been dropped cause Brisbane have a winning record since the switch....and this is a results business...

Maybe the talk post season is like "Well Darius, we will leave it totally in your hands if you want to bow out now, otherwise....next year its totally in the hands of your coach.."

I believe that's fair enough deal too...
 

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