NEWS Corey Parker returns to Brisbane Broncos as player mentor

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  1. Gaz

    Gaz NRL Player

    Corey Parker returns to Brisbane Broncos as player mentor

    FEBRUARY 11, 2019
    Former Broncos skipper Corey Parker has returned to Red Hill, as Brisbane’s pack fire up for a season of fresh challenges in 2019.
    Parker, who was part of Wayne Bennett’s coaching staff last year, has been brought back on board by new coach Anthony Seibold for the season ahead in a mentoring role.
    The former Queensland and Australian forward will work with the Brisbane pack one day a week, while Justin Hodges and Scott Prince will mentor the backs and halves.
    Corey Parker will be a great resource for the Broncos. (AAP Image/Glenn Hunt)
    Parker’s return comes after he had to step back from his coaching role under Bennett last year due to family commitments.
    He said however the scaled back role will suit him well in 2019, in what is a crucial season for Brisbane’s young forwards.
    With Sam Thaiday (retirement), Josh McGuire (Cowboys) and Korbin Sims (Dragons) gone, Alex Glenn and Matt Gillett remain as the most senior forwards at the club, with the likes of Matt Lodge, Tevita Pangai Jr, Joe Ofahengaue, David Fifita and Payne Haas all 23 and under.
    Parker said the key for the talented pack this year is to find consistency.
    Payne Haas, Matt Lodge, Patrick Mago … There is plenty to work with (AAP Image/Darren England)
    “Talent’s never been an issue for Brisbane,” Parker said.
    “They’ve always had talent regardless of what year.
    “Seibs has spoken openly about our best performance compared to our worse performance and finding a medium.
    “In 2018, when they played at their best, Brisbane were one of the best teams in the whole competition. But when they played at their worst, they were one of the worst teams.
    “If you can find common ground to create consistency you can create success.
    “The pack as a whole is still quite young. They’ve lost Sam Thaiday, Josh McGuire … there’s some big challenges ahead.
    Broncos coach Anthony Seibold knows the value of tradition. (AAP Image/Darren England)
    “Everyone got a taste of the likes of David Fifita and Payne Haas last year. But if you scale it all back, Fifita played 11 games and Haas played 36 minutes.
    “We are still yet to see what they have to offer. Even Jaydn Su’A, Kotoni Staggs … these guys rose to the challenge that was set last year but the challenge now lies in that consistency, which is what Seibs is pushing really hard on.
    “Everyone’s pulling in the one direction for that one common goal.”
    Parker, who will attend The Courier-Mail’s 2019 NRL Season Launch Lunch through his role as a Fox League commentator, said he was looking forward to playing a part in guiding the forwards through the season ahead.
    While his work with Fox League will continue to be his biggest focus in 2019, Parker said he did hope to develop a career in coaching.
    “The role itself is very much different to what it was last year,” he said of his mentoring job.
    “There’s a whole new coaching department there that Seibs has brought through. He has his own outlook … I’m very appreciative to work under him and his team.
    “Coaching is certainly something that is very satisfying and something I want to pursue.
    “It’s very minimal but it’s great to be back.”

    Source: CourierMail
  2. Gaz

    Gaz NRL Player

    If he can give them the ability to offload the way he did he’s done his job.
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2019
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  3. Jedhead

    Jedhead NRL Player

    Offloads may win occasional games, transferring his knowledge in relation to solid cover defence will win more.
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  4. Gaz

    Gaz NRL Player

    Yes. Our defence needs to improve without doubt.
    But when I think of Corey Parker I can see him popping passes when surrounded by three or four tacklers that inevitably led to second phase play that was a danger to whoever we were playing. Love to think he can instill this part of his game into our younger forwards. I'm sure both Lodge and Gillo have that ability but may have been reined in a bit.
  5. theshed

    theshed NRL Player

    Strap up the knees and have a run, Corey. What I would give to have him as Captain again.
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  6. Hope he's not showing them how to kick goals.
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  7. Tom

    Tom State of Origin Rep

    He was a shit captain....
  8. Gaz

    Gaz NRL Player

    Yes there are 'some' bad memories particularly if you’re a punter.
  9. big k

    big k QCup Player

    If the biggest things he helps teach our young forwards is attitude and the importance of consistency that's a big win in my books. Parker always had the best of both, and looking back I can't think of another forward we have ever had that had the same level of consistency for such a long period of time. Hell he aged like a fine wine and only got beterr each year and didn't drop off at all in his later years.
  10. Foordy


    Webcke and Civoniceva were the other 2 who had that high level consistency over long periods of time ... in fact that is probably where Parker learned it
  11. theshed

    theshed NRL Player

    Eh, I think it would be good for our young squad of forwards to have a hard ass who leads with his actions like Cozza.
  12. jd87

    jd87 NRL Player

    aww i thought he did alright considering we didn't have many other options. ( he did have some shockers though )
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2019
  13. Alec

    Alec International Rep

    He can still show it, but then you just do the opposite.
  14. winslow_wong

    winslow_wong State of Origin Captain

    You need to come back to the future.
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