NEWS Brisbane legend Gary Belcher: Darius Boyd should switch to centre

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Brisbane legend Gary Belcher wants Darius Boyd should switch to centre

Robert Craddock,
The Courier-Mail
August 12, 2019 8:44pm

Former champion fullback Gary Belcher believes a switch to centre should be the final dice roll for Broncos captain Darius Boyd as a major decision looms on his future. “I think time is up unless he can convince them he has a future in the centres,’’ said Belcher, who played 15 Tests. Boyd has been moved from fullback to five-eighth for the Broncos this season but made just 12 metres from three runs in his past two games.

Boyd has been roundly criticised since the move. Photo: AAP Image/Michael Chambers

Boyd has been roundly criticised since the move. Photo: AAP Image/Michael Chambers

“I don’t want to sound as if I am writing him off but it really is crunch time for him and the club to make a decision,” Belcher said. “It’s difficult. The longer he stays the more they are likely to miss out on guys who are coming through. “The move to five-eighth just hasn’t really worked. Darius must be seeing that and feeling that and doubting himself. He wants to push through it and see if he has a future in the front line. Maybe he has. Maybe it’s in the centres. “When he comes into the backline from fullback he was very good at selected passing and hitting the right man and he can do that from centre. Also, at centre you don’t get the defensive workload you get at five-eighth which is a difficult spot.’’

Do the Broncos really have Boyd for two more years? Photo: AAP Image/Glenn Hunt

Do the Broncos really have Boyd for two more years? Photo: AAP Image/Glenn Hunt

Boyd’s future has become a major talking point at the Broncos where he has another two years left on his long term contract at around $750,000 a season. Belcher believes Boyd is fully entitled to declare an intention to play on next season — even if it doesn’t get there. “I don’t blame Darius at all for hanging around. That is just now it panned out. He is entitled to do that. “His contract will be very hard to walk away from … unless the Broncos come to some sort of an arrangement with him and can say: ‘we think it’s time’. “Maybe they can do a deal where he works for the club and they pay him half that or whatever. They may pay him $200,000 for the next five years. Keep both parties happy. “If he did not have a contract for next year I don’t think they would be offering him one.’’

Boyd is already involved in significant off-field ventures with the Broncos including mental heath lectures which he enjoys giving and have been lauded for their insight. Barring this season Boyd has played his entire senior career under Wayne Bennett. New Broncos coach Anthony Seibold has had the Boyd call land in his lap as Belcher ponders what course of action Bennett would have taken. “Wayne has had so many of those conversations when he has had to say, ‘your time has come’. “One of the keys to Wayne’s success was building a strong playing core who were mostly on a bit less than what they would have got elsewhere.’’
 
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Badge makes sense....particularly the last sentence quoted; that's a huge historical strength of this club, the ability to attract and keep the best talent for footballing reasons and not for the money...

But again this stuff goes round and round......this SHOULDNT even be a conversation.....where do we hide Boyd, fullback, then 5/8th...now centre..??

This whole charade is a absolute shit show....he isn't being moved to improve our chances of winning....the club itself is now pushing an agenda via podcast, media stories etc to "justify" the indefensible...

I thought this club was above this crap....???
 
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The thing about it all is, we tapped club legends, guys with 200+ games for the club, on the shoulder when we felt the time was right. Boyd isn't a club legend imo, and has played over half his career elsewhere - why are we so gun shy to say time is up Darius.
 

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It really is quite sad that it's come to this for Boyd.

He deserved to go out a champion. At his best, he was arguably the best fullback in the game but it looks like he has played on a year too long and that's how people are going to remember him. As a player that has played on too long.

He still has his moments of brilliance, that pass to Corey Oates against Manly for example, but those moments are becoming more rare.

Hopefully a switch can get his mojo back and he can go out the way he deserves.
 

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Anyone put out by the headline? I thought Crash was above that. The guy hasnt played a single game at our club yet calls him a Brisbane legend? Its a long bow to somehow draw a paralell with Souths Magpies.
Im not one for conspiracy but is this some kind of news corp agenda to do the rounds and get commentary form anyone in the hope Darius reads just one story and ends up walking away? If so they should just contact BHQ. :)
 

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Anyone put out by the headline? I thought Crash was above that. The guy hasnt played a single game at our club yet calls him a Brisbane legend? Its a long bow to somehow draw a paralell with Souths Magpies.
Im not one for conspiracy but is this some kind of news corp agenda to do the rounds and get commentary form anyone in the hope Darius reads just one story and ends up walking away? If so they should just contact BHQ. :)
He's already said it's just white noise to him. Everyone else is wrong, apparently.
 

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Anyone put out by the headline? I thought Crash was above that. The guy hasnt played a single game at our club yet calls him a Brisbane legend? Its a long bow to somehow draw a paralell with Souths Magpies.
Im not one for conspiracy but is this some kind of news corp agenda to do the rounds and get commentary form anyone in the hope Darius reads just one story and ends up walking away? If so they should just contact BHQ. :)
Should've used their other headline.

Pic attached: Belcher: Centre is Boyd's last chance.

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The thing is right, Boyd playing next year means he has to either take a spot of a better player or Seibold has to make the "tough" call.

If he plays center next year that likely means he is playing above Bird which is insanity.

The only way I can see Seibold worming his way out of dropping Boyd would be to have Bird at 6, Ah.. This is nonsense just drop the dead weight already
 
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As a part-time Hawthorn fan, it has been interesting to compare how they have handled the transition of Jarryd Roughead (who is arguably a FAR superior legend of the club than Boyd at the Broncos). He's been given the "leadership and mentoring" role in the lower grades and when injuries to the top grade have happened they've brought him back up. They're also giving him the honour of a farewell game against the lowly Suns.

He's handled himself with dignity and hasn't tarnished his legacy one bit.

On the other hand, you have darius boyd......
 

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The thing is right, Boyd playing next year means he has to either take a spot of a better player or Seibold has to make the "tough" call.

If he plays center next year that likely means he is playing above Bird which is insanity
Interesting you should say that: if Boyd and Macca are gone, Bird might be back to being our whipping boy again. He was one of our better backs before he got injured, but his power move was running sideways - rather than risk passing - in the most dysfunctional backline in the NRL.
 
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As a part-time Hawthorn fan, it has been interesting to compare how they have handled the transition of Jarryd Roughead (who is arguably a FAR superior legend of the club than Boyd at the Broncos). He's been given the "leadership and mentoring" role in the lower grades and when injuries to the top grade have happened they've brought him back up. They're also giving him the honour of a farewell game against the lowly Suns.

He's handled himself with dignity and hasn't tarnished his legacy one bit.

On the other hand, you have darius boyd......
I was literally just thinking about this and you have taken the words out of my mouth. Roughy’s dropping was handled with far more class than this debacle with Boyd has become as well.

I mean does Boyd have ANY Broncos fan actually supporting him?
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Interesting you should say that: if Boyd and Macca are gone, Bird might be back to being our whipping boy again. He was one of our better backs before he got injured, but his power move was running sideways - rather than risk passing - in the most dysfunctional backline in the NRL.
That backline didn’t look quite as dysfunctional with Turps in Dearden in it, just goes to show how important he spine is.
 
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I feel Boyd is just delusional. I watched a clip with Thurston after the Cowboys. The guy says he is calling the shots. What shots exactly.

Are the Broncos treating him different because of his MH history. Afraid he can't handle being dropped or moved on. The spin from the club just seems to prove tjat Seibs is being held back on calling the play on Boyd.

Its very strange that a club would allow any player to continue on playing and making 1 run for 5 meters. That is not just a one off this year either. Same stat against the knights from fullback.
 

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As a part-time Hawthorn fan, it has been interesting to compare how they have handled the transition of Jarryd Roughead (who is arguably a FAR superior legend of the club than Boyd at the Broncos). He's been given the "leadership and mentoring" role in the lower grades and when injuries to the top grade have happened they've brought him back up. They're also giving him the honour of a farewell game against the lowly Suns.

He's handled himself with dignity and hasn't tarnished his legacy one bit.

On the other hand, you have darius boyd......
How many years has the coach been at Hawthorne though and how many premierships have they won under him.

The coach has earned the right to make those calls without stirring "outrage" from the media, etc.

FWIW I think Darius finishes the year in center... with Bird out Darius is actually our best left center option.

Next year a center pairing of Bird and Boyd is plausible (or Boyd and Staggs), but I think heaven and earth will be moved to get him out of the club in the off season
 

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Thank GOD for some past player to come out & admit strongly that Boyd’s place in the team is either at center or out altogether. We’ve watched him play so painfully at 1 the last couple of years & cant take him anymore at 6 in a short period of time. Let the experiment of him playing at center begin this Friday until season end. Upon seasons end, just get rid off him altogether I say.
 

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I was literally just thinking about this and you have taken the words out of my mouth. Roughy’s dropping was handled with far more class than this debacle with Boyd has become as well.

I mean does Boyd have ANY Broncos fan actually supporting him?
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That backline didn’t look quite as dysfunctional with Turps in Dearden in it, just goes to show how important he spine is.
Oh ive always been a Boyd fan....happy to put my hand up there....he has been a great servant to the club and helped us win a premiership in 06.

I appreciate the battles he has had from MH issues....im afflicted by some myself...and he is a wonderful role model for others who are suffering something similar...

But, much like Langer....it comes time to put head above heart and admit that the club comes first..and its that time now for Darius....

And just like Langer....ill support the decision of the club to move on and be devastated by it at the same time...
 

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The thing about it all is, we tapped club legends, guys with 200+ games for the club, on the shoulder when we felt the time was right. Boyd isn't a club legend imo, and has played over half his career elsewhere - why are we so gun shy to say time is up Darius.
An immortal was tapped on the shoulder.
 

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I was literally just thinking about this and you have taken the words out of my mouth. Roughy’s dropping was handled with far more class than this debacle with Boyd has become as well.

I mean does Boyd have ANY Broncos fan actually supporting him?
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That backline didn’t look quite as dysfunctional with Turps in Dearden in it, just goes to show how important he spine is.
Yet turpin is still in it and it's still dysfunctional.
 

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Yet turpin is still in it and it's still dysfunctional.
I don’t really feel I need to respond, I think the point I was making was fairly self-explanatory. I like to give other posters intelligence credit that they don’t need me to spell out everything for them.
 

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