Badel Warning Boyd addresses NRL future after shock Broncos switch

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Darius Boyd addresses NRL future after surprise Broncos switch
Peter Badel, The Courier-Mail
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Darius Boyd has hit back at suggestions he should retire with the Broncos skipper declaring he will play on next season in the wake of his shock switch to five-eighth. Boyd celebrated his 32nd birthday with a 28-6 demolition of the Bulldogs on Thursday night and has now set a longer-term goal of captaining the Broncos to a premiership in 2020. Brisbane’s most decorated player has been buffeted by the most savage criticism of his career this season with his detractors lashing his defence as “abysmal” and calling for the 309-game NRL veteran to retire at season’s end. But Boyd has been rejuvenated by his unexpected move from fullback to five-eighth, with the former Origin ace producing five tackle-busts and two try-assists in a commanding display against the Bulldogs. Boyd is contracted to the Broncos until the end of 2021 and is adamant he will suit up for a 15th season next year, confident in the fact Brisbane’s posse of young guns can sense a premiership on the horizon. Asked if he has the mental desire to soldier on next season ahead of Saturday’s derby against the Titans at Robina, Boyd was unequivocal. “Yes I do,” he said.

Darius Boyd has been rejuvenated by his unexpected move from fullback to five-eighth. Picture: Getty Images

Darius Boyd has been rejuvenated by his unexpected move from fullback to five-eighth. Picture: Getty Images

“Whether my performances have been good, bad or indifferent this year, I have had some really good performances and I think the Bulldogs game was one of them. “That gives me the confidence (to play on next year). “I know I have to keep proving to myself and others as well that I can do the job.” Asked if he will see out his entire deal, Boyd said: “It would be more of a mental thing than anything. Body wise it is fine. This week I feel great but last week I felt terrible after the game. “My body feels good from a physical point of view but it is probably backing up and all that type of stuff that gets harder and harder.”

Darius Boyd is adamant he will suit up for a 15th season next year. Picture: AAP

Darius Boyd is adamant he will suit up for a 15th season next year. Picture: AAP

Boyd lost his first two games as a five-eighth but his maiden triumph at pivot on Thursday night was headlined by a sublime 52nd-minute cut-out pass for Corey Oates’ try which inspired Brisbane’s second-half surge. Broncos coach Anthony Seibold copped some brickbats for moving Boyd to five-eighth, but so far, the former fullback is relishing frontline duties. “I’ve been doing it (his pass for Oates’ try) for over 10 years now and it is my best play,” Boyd said.

Darius Boyd is contracted to the Broncos until the end of 2021. Picture: AAP

Darius Boyd is contracted to the Broncos until the end of 2021. Picture: AAP

“That is why I think five-eighth is working for me because ‘Seibs’ has a game plan where we still play the same shapes. “I am playing a lot of second receiver as a five-eighth which I kind of did as fullback. The only difference is my defence in the frontline and not returning kicks. “That is what gives me a lot of confidence to play five-eighth. I am still doing the basically the same role in attack and I have always backed myself defensively anyway.” Seibold said Boyd’s move to five-eighth has brought the spark back to his game. “Talking to him after the game, he has a smile on his face again and it’s good to see,” he said. “At the end of the day, it’s sport and we love footy because we played it as kids. “Sometimes we get too serious about it. It’s not the end of the world if a player plays a bad game but it’s how they react to that and Darius has shown the last three weeks he has reacted positively. “I am really proud of him. He is suited to five-eighth which is the main thing.

 

Browny

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So the more talk about him retiring the more he’s gonna dig in.

That’s fine, left centre it is
 

Tom

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He probably has to go through every position in the backline before we get rid of him, just to be polite. Even halfback. Would not even blink if they gave him a shot at hooker.
 

something

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If Boyd plays well, then absolutely he walks in to the team. At his best he is a superstar, and deep down we would all prefer Boyd at his best than an unproven rookie.

It’s just that he’s been shit this year.
 

theshed

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All my Boyd hate was because he was playing like shit, it wasn’t personal. So if he plays alright I’m happy to have him in the team. He’s starting to settle into the 5/8 position. If he keeps growing into that position he will be a passable first grader and I’ll be fine with him sticking around.

A whole off season training at 5/8 and a decent halfback and all of sudden Boyd in our spine isn’t so bad. Good luck, Darius.
 

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What is this fargin horeshit 2020 premiership talk.Years not finished ****. You're the captain and have psychologically ruled out the season?

His missus and lifestyle won't let him retire early.

If seibs accepts three good games a year, and holds back sos or dearden to pay for this bludgers retirement, then fkd if I'm going to be quiet about it.

**** won't put his body on the line, and is playing to pay for his missus renovations plans.

Needs someone with a fknspine to tell this how it is.
 
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bingale16

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So Boyd has a semi average game against the worst team in the comp and thinks he can go another year now. Just retire already. You dont offer any attack and we will lose young halves cause u think u can play there. Doesn't help his ego cause we play Titans next week so if we beat them as expected coach will think he is our saviour now.
 

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How quickly the tide turns because of one decent game against a spoon contender. He was no where close to the best player on the paddock, which is a problem considering his premium price tag. That and where are we going to play him. FB is as good as locked in for Milf now it seems.

Halves? He's not a play maker by even his own admission and has proven his inability to grab the team by the scruff of the neck and drive them to a win. He can pass a bit, apart from one kick last night I am not convinced he will be close to our other options in that regard. He roamed well, but he's always done that. He's not the kind of player for a deft kick or to bamboozle defenders and cut through the line.

Centres or Wing? We have Bird, Staggs, Herbie, Jaymane, Oates, Coates, Perese and Kennar and 4 positions to go around. After origin exposed his defence at Centre, its a big gamble to put him there too.

Who do we deny to slot in an at best average player, playing out of position? Thats at his best. If this season is anything to go by and the "its just a game" attitude, we may get a handful of those games per season...

I have nothing but respect for the guy's career and his achievements - but this is an elite code that demands perfection to take out the top prize. He is either mentally or physically not up to the task and its not just this season, its been a decline ever since the hammy injury against the cows 2 years ago.

Someone has to make the tough call, for the good of the team long term. No point ignoring the elephant in the room in the hopes he comes good in the next year or two.
 
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Boyd needs to get out of the spine.

Even if he did have a decent game last night, he has no kicking game to speak of, no running game left and although he can pass, the opposition will always know it will most likely be the option he takes, which will blunt that attribute.
As solid as his defense in the line is, it just isn't what you need from a half, especially when you need creativity against the tougher opposition.

If he's just going to be a link man, just put him in the centres and let him feed Oatesy.
 

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Boyd needs to get out of the spine.

Even if he did have a decent game last night, he has no kicking game to speak of, no running game left and although he can pass, the opposition will always know it will most likely be the option he takes, which will blunt that attribute.
As solid as his defense in the line is, it just isn't what you need from a half, especially when you need creativity against the tougher opposition.

If he's just going to be a link man, just put him in the centres and let him feed Oatesy.
Yep, and if he wants to ball play a bit, he can always occasionally drift one in (pushing the 2nd rower one out)
 
Now Darius has made his decision it's time to get behind the guy. It's a young team and we need all the experienced hands we can get. I think 2020 is looking great but we might be one hard head in the forwards short.

I think the CEO should make an offer to Paul Gallen. He would provide the starch and experience in the middle we need. I reckon he would jump at the chance to get a second Premiership under his belt. Possibly they could entice him with a role after his playing days, something along the lines of working on the culture of the club or an ambassadorial role?
 
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Gaz

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Now Darius has made his decision it's time to get behind the guy. It's a young team and we need all the experienced hands we can get. I think 2020 is looking great but we might be one hard head in the forwards short.

I think the CEO should make an offer to Paul Gallen. He would provide the starch and experience in the middle we need. I reckon he would jump at the chance to get a second Premiership under his belt. Possibly they could entice him with a role after his playing days, something along the lines of working on the culture of the club or an ambassadorial role?
We don't need or want his type of culture.
 

big k

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So the more talk about him retiring the more he’s gonna dig in.

That’s fine, left centre it is
No keep him in the 6. I think we look alot less clunky in attack with him there and Milf at 1. Throw Deardan back in at 7 and we look even better. McCullough and Turpin sharing the 9 works for me as well.
 

Gaz

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Know we have to keep it simple and play Bennettball at the minute but just now and again wouldn’t mind seeing an old fashion backline from sideline to sideline and the ball going through all the hands to the winger.
 

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