Broncos 2020 Squad

Allo

NRL Captain
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Looking through the training photos, I’m really glad we’ve put an emphasis on training ‘footy’ and not slogging out a boot camp. While conditioning is obviously important, the team’s positional makeup, structure, and cohesion is and should be our prime concern.

Especially considering we (had better) have at least 3/4 new players in the spine
 

I bleed Maroon

State of Origin Captain
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^^ Watch out for this bait headline. It basically says Boyd and Croft are both in the leadership group in 2020......Alongside 5 other blokes. Boyd could be 7th in the pecking order for all we know, and our team of 17 is not going to have 7 leaders in it, so it doesn't even say anything about whether he will be there at all.
 
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FaithinHook

NRL Player
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^^ Watch out for this bait headline. It basically says Boyd and Croft are both in the leadership group in 2020......Alongside 7 other blokes. Boyd could be 9th in the pecking order for all we know, and our team of 17 is not going to have 9 leaders in it, so it doesn't even say anything about whether he will be there at all.
Very interesting that Chris Garry has been reported as saying they (Seibold?) doesn't want Darius there and doesn't want McCullough there. Garry seems pretty confident Boyd is not going to play 15 games next year and there will be a discussion had between both parties where it will be figured out a way for him to exit the stage without losing face.

Very interesting times ahead indeed.
 
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PNG Broncos fan88

QCup Player
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Port Moresby

^^ Watch out for this bait headline. It basically says Boyd and Croft are both in the leadership group in 2020......Alongside 7 other blokes. Boyd could be 9th in the pecking order for all we know, and our team of 17 is not going to have 9 leaders in it, so it doesn't even say anything about whether he will be there at all.
**** off already!

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Sproj

International Rep
Staff
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Seven players in the leadership group, we are getting closer to the 17 captains idea!
 

McHunt

NRL Player
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Sunshine Coast
Seven players in the leadership group, we are getting closer to the 17 captains idea!
I wonder if this is the kind of stuff Pies was learning at Harvard. Brace yourself:


Meanwhile, this bloke reckons everyone should be their own leader. Sounds like Alfie's plan:

 

Bongo

QCup Player
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Melbourne are shedding players left right and centre and don't seem to be signing replacements. Their Squad is down to 22-24 players. Why am I posting this on a Broncos forum? Well, maybe they will be coming for some of our fringe players. I know there are salary cap issues but potentially some outside backs like Bird (We'd have to pay serious freight), Perese, Farnworth, Perese, Niu or they are clearing the decks for a big signing in 2021.

Also, according to the Mole (So some will doubt it straight away), Warriors were interested in Macca but only if we took Blair. I would have done that deal. I don't know what anyone else thinks.
 
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kooly87

QCup Player
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Melbourne are shedding players left right and centre and don't seem to be signing replacements. Their Squad is down to 22-24 players. Why am I posting this on a Broncos forum? Well, maybe they will be coming for some of our fringe players. I know there are salary cap issues but potentially some outside backs like Bird (We'd have to pay serious freight), Perese, Farnworth, Perese, Niu or they are clearing the decks for a big signing in 2021.

Also, according to the Mole (So some will doubt it straight away), Warriors were interested in Macca but only if we took Blair. I would have done that deal. I don't know what anyone else thinks.
Macca isn't great, but as our only other Dummy Half option, he's almost certainly more useful as insurance than Blair, who would be at the very bottom of the pecking order of our stacked contingent of Middle Forwards.

Also, officially Melbourne are down to 25 currently, but they have considerable depth in Queensland Cup they can and probably will promote. I can see them going to market for a new Centre, but I doubt they'll break the bank though, and it's not like we have spare Centres ourselves so I'd say we're pretty safe.
 
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Wolfie

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Macca isn't great, but as our only other Dummy Half option, he's almost certainly more useful as insurance than Blair, who would be at the very bottom of the pecking order of our stacked contingent of Middle Forwards.

Also, officially Melbourne are down to 25 currently, but they have considerable depth in Queensland Cup they can and probably will promote. I can see them going to market for a new Centre, but I doubt they'll break the bank though, and it's not like we have spare Centres ourselves so I'd say we're pretty safe.
Putting 2+2 together here, but easts signed Michael Purcell from Ipswich, I get the feeling he is going to end up at the Storm.

They are also trying to get a center from up north to join.
 

Kyle_Os

BRL Player
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Macca is a liability at dummy half. There is no downside to not having him there.
He's hardly a liability.
He is the same serviceable Macca who offers exactly the same every game. He's not great but he's not shit.
As depth he is a great bloke to have waiting in Q Cup to fill in if something were to happen to Turpin. Likelihood would be that he plays 50-60 and Paix plays the remaining 20-30 off the bench.
Anyone that says otherwise about him is kidding themselves.
 

McHunt

NRL Player
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Sunshine Coast
He's hardly a liability.
He is the same serviceable Macca who offers exactly the same every game. He's not great but he's not shit.
As depth he is a great bloke to have waiting in Q Cup to fill in if something were to happen to Turpin. Likelihood would be that he plays 50-60 and Paix plays the remaining 20-30 off the bench.
Anyone that says otherwise about him is kidding themselves.
He's a complete liability. There is a direct correlation between him being on the field and our attack losing its way. We never looked better than when he was out injured.
 

McHunt

NRL Player
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Sunshine Coast
While on the subject of Macca, I think he's gone. Here's why:

1. We know he's been shopped to the Warriors, so we know Pies doesn't want him.
2. He knows Pies doesn't want him around. That must be tense.
3. He's not in the Leadership Group. What?

Macca was widely tipped as the incoming captain only a year ago. Since then, he hasn't put a foot wrong. He's been club loyal, squeaky clean. When he was playing 80" he routinely topped the comp-wide tackle count, week in, week out. Before his injury - which he recovered from in record time - he handled the ball just about more than all the other players combined. He was involved in everything. Off the field, he's even hosting two other players. He's well spoken, happily married. Everyone seems to like him. Everyone seems to respect him. He doesn't Instagram shite. He's not covered in ugly tattoos. He's played for QLD. In short, he's a mentor.

So why would a bloke like that not be "leadership" material?

That says to me he's not in the mix.
 
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kooly87

QCup Player
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Macca is a liability at dummy half. There is no downside to not having him there.
I can think of a clear liability. Do you not recall Josh McGuire and Sam Thaiday at Dummy Half? That's what happened last time we carried literally one Dummy Half in our squad and then he got injured.

I agree, he should only be a last resort, but he's without doubt a better alternative to playing a random Backrower at Dummy Half given what happened last time we were in that predicament.
 

McHunt

NRL Player
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Sunshine Coast
I can think of a clear liability. Do you not recall Josh McGuire and Sam Thaiday at Dummy Half? That's what happened last time we carried literally one Dummy Half in our squad and then he got injured.

I agree, he should only be a last resort, but he's without doubt a better alternative to playing a random Backrower at Dummy Half given what happened last time we were in that predicament.
We have Paix as backup hooker, and maybe Dearden, O'Sullivan, Bird, Glenn or even Staggs could slot into the ball playing roll. They'd all be better at distributing the ball than Macca. Defence is another conversation.

But yes, the likelihood of Turpin missing games has to be considered high given his size and the workload he'll be given. There's also the not-zero possibilty of an Origin callup.
 
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