Young Broncos playmaker Tom Dearden says he’s embracing his racing battle with Brodie Croft in his pursuit to lock in Brisbane’s half-back position and ultimately a “dream” Maroons jersey.
Croft has been the right advice to don the Broncos’ No.7 shirt in Brisbane’s season opener against the Eels on Friday night from former playmaker Storm started mid-back in the club’s opposite training session last Tuesday.
This was despite Dearden playing as the Broncos’ first-choice half-back for the last 10 rounds of last season, albeit under coach Anthony Seibold.
But Deardon says his competition with Croft takes him to greater heights.
“It’s really good to have a lot of competition. It makes you work hard, it allows you to train better,” Dearden told Wide World of Sports.
“I’m also good friends with Crofty.
“It’s a good competition and there is a lot of competition for places at the club at the moment. It was a fairly competitive preseason which made it quite enjoyable.”
Anyone who wins the Battle of Dearden and Croft will likely partner Anthony Milford in the semi-finals at Suncorp Stadium in the first round.
The Broncos’ backbone seems to be taking shape with Jamayne Isaako at the back, Milford at five eighth, Croft at the half-back and Jake Turpin at the hooker, who is almost certain to wear the No.9 since Andrew McCullough left for St George Illawarra.
Dearden and Baby Broncos are tasked with propelling Brisbane to the top eight, after the club crashed into his first wooden spoon in history in a 2020 nightmare campaign.
“One of my dreams growing up was to play for the Maroons, but this year I just want to focus on getting into the first round, having a really good season playing full time in the NRL and really trying to find my ways. brands, ”Dearden says.
“Anything on the back is a bonus. It’s a dream of mine and I would love to play for the Maroons jersey, but I just want to focus on my football club right now and play for the Broncos. of Brisbane. “
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