Money or Legacy? Broncos to ask Boyd to retire

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The Brisbane Broncos are preparing to have a tough conversation with club legend Darius Boyd at season’s end.
Boyd has been singled out for much of the season since his shift from fullback to five-eighth and was again in the firing line after the Broncos’ loss to South Sydney in Round 23.

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The issue for the Broncos is Boyd still has two years to run on his current deal and is on around $800,000 per season.

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There can be no question that Boyd is a champion player who has achieved every honour possible in rugby league.

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It’s a hell of an NRL resume. A premiership with the Brisbane Broncos in 2006 aged 19.

A premiership with the St George Illawarra Dragons and Clive Churchill Medal in 2010.

Then there’s 28 State of Origin matches for Queensland and 23 Test matches for Australia.

The decision for Boyd now is going to revolve around how he wants to be remembered. His legacy.

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After his performance against the Rabbitohs in round 23, the Broncos fans were absolutely giving it to the Brisbane No. 6.

And you’ve only got to look at some of his raw numbers this season to get a gauge on where Boyd’s game is currently at.

In 22 games, the Broncos captain has only scored two tries. Then there’s three line breaks, six try assists, seven line break assists and 24 tackle busts.

By any measure Boyd’s performances have been average which is why the Broncos find themselves in a tough situation with their skipper.

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With young guns David Fifita and Kotoni Staggs both off contract at the end of next season, the Broncos need to try and maintain the best of the brilliant talent the club is developing.

By rights, Boyd can dig his heels in and simply say he wants to play on. He can still collect his $1.6 million over the next two years.

It’s the next challenge for Broncos coach Anthony Seibold in a season where last year’s Dally M coach of the year has learned all about life at the NRL head coaching coal face.

As Broncos legend Gorden Tallis pointed out over the weekend, Brisbane’s roster is like a Formula One racing car without a driver.

What that means for club captain Boyd will all play out over the course of the next month.

You're done, Darius. FFS for once in your life mate, swallow your pride and acknowledge your body has had it and your mentality isn't far behind.
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Has his legacy not already been tarnished beyond repair with this season?

It's not like should he retire now, we'll all remember his last season (or two) being legendary.

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I think he'll leave at the end of next year (unfortunately not sooner). I think the broncos will "suggest" that there is a job within the organisation for him moving into the future if he retires then, but cannot guarantee one, if he sees out his contract (he may be more willing to give up that extra year playing if he has secure employment to go into when he retires). They may take a similar approach with macca.

Again, not being exactly sure how the cap works, this may open up funds to secure fifita and work towards stagg too.


NRL Player
Has his legacy not already been tarnished beyond repair with this season?

It's not like should he retire now, we'll all remember his last season (or two) being legendary.
Not for anybody reasonable. His career is full of incredible achievements and he’s been a great serviceman to our club on and off the field. I hope he retires at the end of this season as much as anyone but it would be a massive selfless act that would solidify him as a legend of a bloke. I’ve been critical of him but if he retired early, not a single bronco fan should have a bad thing left to say about him.


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Sunshine Coast
Nobody knows a thing about the situation with Boyd and that includes you. All we can do is share information.
There is one line in the story that relates to the clickbait headline and it's 100% made up. There are no quotes. There is no information in it. It's junk.

The story I posted quoted a source as an opinion.

Apart from that, if Darius were being given the shove in the off season, they'd have the decency to give him a testimonial match, and that would be this weekend. They certainly wouldn't be talking to journalists about it before talking to him.

Stick us back on ignore.
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