This is only the beginning of the exodus of junior talent from the Broncos if the club cannot extricate themselves from a historic form crisis, warns Brisbane great Sam Thaiday.
Yet Thaiday also urged young players in the Broncos system to seize the opportunity to build a dynasty from scratch at this once powerful club.
On the back of last year’s historic wooden spoon, Brisbane started this season 0-2 under new coach Kevin Walters, flaunting many of their existing flaws. From last season to today, they’re on a 13-game losing streak.
Having already lost superstar forward David Fifita to the Gold Coast, the Broncos are now reeling over the signing of young fullback Reece Walsh with the Warriors. Forward Brendan Piakura will join the Bulldogs, according to The Mole, while Kotoni Staggs, Xavier Coates and Tom Dearden are also scorned by rival clubs.
Being stripped of young elite players is an almost unprecedented problem for the Broncos. Yet Brisbane’s glory days are long gone; Once a replica team from Queensland, the Broncos didn’t have a single Maroons player in last year’s home state decision maker.
“It’s a Broncos ripple effect that isn’t going so well,” Thaiday told Wide World of Sports’ QLDER.
“You won the wooden spoon last year, you started the season really well this year.
“We’re going to start losing more and more of this young talent and there will be more and more young players who don’t want to come to the Broncos if we don’t rebuild the Broncos where they should be.”
Thaiday, who was part of the club’s last premier team in 2006, urged Queensland juniors to see the big picture beyond the current Broncos malaise.
“I would like to see some of these guys be a little patient,” he said.
“I would love to be part of a rebuild, I would love to be there when things change and things start well. Then people want to come back and you build your own little dynasty there.
“If I was a young forward and saw a guy like Payne Haas, who I think is going to be a fantastic leader for many years to come, playing for NSW, playing for Australia and leading the Broncos for a very long time. , very long time, I would like to be part of it.
Patty Carrigan too, another player who might even play Origin football this year. There are some great young strikers out there who are building their own careers; I would love to be a part of it. [of that] and I would love to be around them. “
Inaugural Broncos and Immortal Rugby League captain Wally Lewis has said Brisbane is in mid-rebuilding and has urged Piakura to reconsider leaving the club.
“Young talent loved coming to the Broncos and staying at the Broncos, they wanted it to be their club for their entire life,” Lewis said on QLDER.
“Is this the suggestion of their management?” Well, maybe.
“I would say to Brendan, just stay open-minded. You can stay at the Broncos for a long, long time, it’s a wonderful club that can help you.
“Sure, they’re going through tough times right now, but they’re on a rebuilding plan to be able to promise well for the future. I guess they’re lucky they can.”
“Forwards, there are two very big, very powerful forwards in the Broncos and a couple who are not playing right now due to injuries as well, so this could be the start of something very beneficial for Brendan.”
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