Broncos Player Movement and Rumours 2019

Big Pete

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That's a strange move by the Cowboys. In fact, the way they've treated Jake Clifford has been extremely strange this season, almost like Green was pressured into playing him against his will. Green believes Martin/Morgan is the best halves combination at the club but injuries and roster management has prevented him from being able to invest into it. When he gave Clifford the opportunity, I found it odd how he didn't protect him in the post match press conference and almost came off as bitter that he had to play in the first grade side. I thought maybe Green saw him as a long term prospect and wanted him to develop his game in the ISC but this signing suggests he may not even have a place in the squad.

Then again, I found the signing really odd for the Broncos. O'Sullivan played first grade last year for Sydney, but it's worth mentioning that they weren't prepared to play him in a Grand Final despite the serious injury to Cronk. O'Sullivan was always going to have to develop his game in the ISC, when the Broncos desperately needed somebody who could play 7 in the interim if Kodi didn't work out.

I look at Melbourne and how they manage their roster. They tend to stockpile good talent in all major positions with a view of having one prospect and one player who can fill the spot if an injury occurs. With Brisbane, particularly in the halves it seems like they're all prospects and they don't have those players that can be called onto do a job.

For mine, the jury is out on O'Sullivan. I wasn't convinced by his form when he was playing lower grades at the Roosters and while he's improved at Norths, it's clear that he's behind Dearden who the club genuinely rates as a potential superstar of the competition. I'm not convinced on that either, but that's only because I've only seen him dominate high school footy, it's just way too early to call.
 

JAHHW

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IF we continue to play like we did against the Roosters (which I believe is us simply playing to our potential), I think we have the balance of our team and squad pretty bang on for the immediate future at least.

So I hope we aren’t really looking at anyone at the moment, unless of course his surname is Ponga and he’s currently playing fullback for the Knights.

I guess what I’m saying is; I’m happy with Friday nights team and the performance they turned in, so I want to give them time to see what they’ve got now, particularly now they’ve got some confidence that comes with consecutive wins.
 
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Leaves club after 18 year old half back claims his half back spot, to sit behind a 20 year old with just as much potential and Michael Morgan, after leaving the premiers that had a half back that retired this year (worst case he went 1 more year)... I'd love to talk to his agent.... Shows real comitement.
At the end of the day he is 1 injury away from a starting spot, just like he was at the start of the year... I get why he's frustrated but surely this level of commitment shows why he will probably never make it as a full time half back option
Maybe Seibs has had a word to him, he was a Bennett signing after all. No use hanging out at a dead end when an opportunity might be waiting up north. Good on him for trying to make something of his career. Commitment may not pay the bills especially if you are waiting for a chance that may never come.
 

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That's a strange move by the Cowboys. In fact, the way they've treated Jake Clifford has been extremely strange this season, almost like Green was pressured into playing him against his will. Green believes Martin/Morgan is the best halves combination at the club but injuries and roster management has prevented him from being able to invest into it. When he gave Clifford the opportunity, I found it odd how he didn't protect him in the post match press conference and almost came off as bitter that he had to play in the first grade side. I thought maybe Green saw him as a long term prospect and wanted him to develop his game in the ISC but this signing suggests he may not even have a place in the squad.
100% agree on Green’s handling of Clifford. Its obvious by the way he talks about him that he didn’t want to play him. You could tell Cliffords lacked confidence and Green hasn’t exactly helped. Had a great pre-season but opted for Te Maire instead, gave up on him after 11 games to play a prop in his spot and now possibly signing another young half. You’d think Green would’ve learnt how to handle juniors after all the recent blunders but I guess not.

Only surprise in all this is looking at a young player over an experienced half. Green is bad at developing young players.
 

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100% agree on Green’s handling of Clifford. Its obvious by the way he talks about him that he didn’t want to play him. You could tell Cliffords lacked confidence and Green hasn’t exactly helped. Had a great pre-season but opted for Te Maire instead, gave up on him after 11 games to play a prop in his spot and now possibly signing another young half. You’d think Green would’ve learnt how to handle juniors after all the recent blunders but I guess not.

Only surprise in all this is looking at a young player over an experienced half. Green is bad at developing young players.
Green's development is nothing short of a joke. He has no idea.
 

Nepal Donkeys

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Paul Green HATES young talent. I don't believe there was ever genuine interest from us, but if there was, we dodged a gigantic bullet.

He's let Ponga, Kikau, B Smith all go amongst others. Kept Hess, Coote and Granville instead. Absolute numpty.

I really rate Clifford. Future Qld halfback type potential. Just doesn't seem like that chance will come at the Cowboys.
 

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Leaves club after 18 year old half back claims his half back spot, to sit behind a 20 year old with just as much potential and Michael Morgan, after leaving the premiers that had a half back that retired this year (worst case he went 1 more year)... I'd love to talk to his agent.... Shows real comitement.
At the end of the day he is 1 injury away from a starting spot, just like he was at the start of the year... I get why he's frustrated but surely this level of commitment shows why he will probably never make it as a full time half back option
Its not quite that simple tbf. He only has the one year contract here, and Cowboys may offer him a bit more security. Clifford isnt really a favourite of Green either.

Not actually sure where he stands in Seibs pecking order either. We might be looking to offload a few guys where we have a bit of depth in to free up funds, even though its probably not a great deal.
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Green's development is nothing short of a joke. He has no idea.
One of the reasons i've heard why he dropped a player back to ISC after the loss to us is absolutley comical. So glad we didnt get him as a coach.
 
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Alec

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One of the reasons i've heard why he dropped a player back to ISC after the loss to us is absolutley comical. So glad we didnt get him as a coach.
What was it?
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Paul Green HATES young talent. I don't believe there was ever genuine interest from us, but if there was, we dodged a gigantic bullet.

He's let Ponga, Kikau, B Smith all go amongst others. Kept Hess, Coote and Granville instead. Absolute numpty.

I really rate Clifford. Future Qld halfback type potential. Just doesn't seem like that chance will come at the Cowboys.
To be honest, Hess looked like he had massive potential when he burst into the side. Then he kinda Andrew McCullough'd it, either made no progress or even gone backwards.
 
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something

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I think it's paramount that we keep Glenn and Gillo, they are the two experienced heads holding down the left and right side of the field. A young team needs leaders. Glenn for mine is a super important re-signing.

People want to throw Sua and Fifita in the deep end, and fair enough - they are both really good players. But the best teams and best players are built on patience. You have to earn a spot, even if you are a better player
 

Unbreakable

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He means what's the point, Clifford will be playing reserve grade here as well, wouldn't really be fair on him, let him stay in NQ where he has more of a chance of making the NRL.

Let's remember that Dearden is 3 years younger than him and is already acclimating better to first grade, with minimal experience playing against men. Clifford has had zero impact in his games so far in the NRL, and unlike Dearden, he's an atrocious defensive player, like Maloney level bad.

Dearden ISC 2019 (Age 18) - 4 games, 69 tackles made, 9 tackles missed, 87% efficiency
Clifford ISC 2019 (Age 21) - 5 games, 52 tackles made, 20 tackles missed, 69% efficiency
 

Allo

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Ponga01 Ponga01 Milford is still only 25 this season, he and Dearden have a solid 4-5 years together at this stage, and we still have Paix and Boyd around the Top 30 and whoever else comes through the system in that time. A ‘trade’ of a fringe half for a fringe half makes no sense in that regard
 

pagey

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Ponga01 Ponga01 Milford is still only 25 this season, he and Dearden have a solid 4-5 years together at this stage, and we still have Paix and Boyd around the Top 30 and whoever else comes through the system in that time. A ‘trade’ of a fringe half for a fringe half makes no sense in that regard
Sam Walker is creating a buzz and is only 16, maybe we try and keep him around too.
 

Allo

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Sam Walker is creating a buzz and is only 16, maybe we try and keep him around too.
Yeah saw that article. Also we have young fella Casey? There’s a thread on here about him that I can’t be bothered looking for
 

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