Nothing can hold Boyd back
December 15, 2018
Broncos skipper Darius Boyd has declared he is fully fit and primed to recapture his attacking mojo after his frustrating injury battle last season.
As Broncos stars prepare to head into the Christmas break, their captain Boyd is fit and firing and has set his sights on reprising the form that made him the NRL’s No.1 fullback two years ago.
While Boyd played all 25 games for the Broncos last season, he rarely seemed at the peak of his powers, weighed down by niggling hamstring problems that had initially flared the previous season.
Boyd’s patchy club form led to his axing from the Queensland Origin side, prompting the 31-year-old to announce his shock retirement from representative football.
But Brisbane’s early finals exit, coupled with an off-season holiday in Hawaii, has given Boyd sufficient time to heal his body and mind.
Brisbane’s most experienced player has moved with pain-free confidence in the opening month of the 2019 pre-season and is adamant he is not a spent force in the NRL.
“I’m 100 per cent now, my body is good again,” Boyd said.
“I think that’s why I am excited about the new season coming up.
“The previous year, I wasn’t allowed to do much running in the off-season and my pre-season was interrupted with my hammies and the struggles with that.
“I lost some confidence at the start of last season, but my body slowly got better and I felt I had a good final six weeks of the (2018) season.
“Now I want to pick up where I left off — I want to get back to my old self.”
The sight of Boyd battling to reach optimum speed last season triggered fears he would struggle to see out his Broncos contract, which expires at the end of 2021.
The former Test custodian has previously said he would retire early if his body kept breaking down, but Boyd has renewed faith he can play on until the age of 34.
Boyd has every incentive to soldier on. A veteran of 292 NRL matches, the former Dragons and Knights ace needs just eight more games to join the code’s elite 300-game club.
If he stays fit over the next three years, Boyd has the potential to chalk up 350 games.
“I want to see out my contract definitely,” Boyd said.
“I’m not putting pressure on myself. If I play six more years or three more years, whatever I am feeling mentally and physically I’d be happy to do.
“I will see how this year goes and play the way I know I can. Whatever will be will be.
“I’m not planning on retiring anytime soon, that’s for sure.”
Sharks flyer Valentine Holmes’ decision to quit the NRL to trial for an NFL contract has created a vacancy on the Queensland wing next season, but Boyd insists his Origin days are over.
“I am comfortable with retiring from rep footy,” he said.
“Queensland have guys like Kalyn Ponga, Corey Oates, Dane Gagai and Kyle Feldt coming through so the future is in good hands. I had nothing more to prove so I’m OK with the decision.
“I’ll definitely miss it. Origin was a special part of my life, I was there for 10 years. But not having Origin to play next year … long-term I feel it will be good for my career at the Broncos.”
Source: Courier Mail