When you think of the Broncos 2019 season you may think of the following lowlights.
They include: Darius Boyd playing terribly, 58-0 loss in the finals against the Eels, James Roberts moving to Souths and Matt Gillet retiring.
But ladies and gentlemen, what if I told you that the Broncos will make the eight?
You guys must think I’m crazy but hear me out. I will tell you all the reasons why the Broncos can and will make the eight this year.
There were also a lot of positives in 2019 for the Broncos. Those positives will carry on into 2020.
In Round 8 of the 2018 season the Broncos debuted a kid called Payne Haas, who soon went on to have a great NRL season.
He won Rookie of the Year and secured an Origin debut for NSW. He has been the first player to do that in the same year since 1999. He was the least experienced Origin player since Ben Ikin in 1995, who only had four premiership games.
Remember that Haas is only 20 years old.
His 2019 season was very good with 21 games played, four tries, 102 tackle breaks, 92 per cent tackle efficiency and 186 average running metres which is high work ethic.
Then we have David Fifita. He played Origin for QLD and I guarantee you that David will be there in the Maroon in 2020. He played 24 games for seven tries, ten line breaks, had 91 per cent tackle efficiency and 96 average running metres.
Unwanted halfback Brodie Croft from the Storm signs a deal with the Broncos and will partner Milford in the halves. Brodie Croft showed a lot of potential at the Storm until Jarome Hughes took his place and now the Broncos have full time NRL halfback who played 22 games, scored five tries, eight forced drop outs, five try assists and showed he could goal kick if need be.
The Broncos have also found a good fullback in Jamayne Isaako who was very good in 2019 playing in the wing for the Broncos with 22 games, scoring four tries, four try assists, seven line breaks, 46 tackle breaks and 112 average running metres.
The Broncos have a top eight side and will finish in the eight if Fifita, Haas, Brodie Croft, Milford and Isaako are firing on all cylinders. The Broncos did put up very good fights against the Rabbitohs in Round 23, beat the Eels in Round 24, beat the Roosters in Round 10 and beat the Sharks in Round 7.
The Broncos put up very good fights with Haas and Fifita leading from the front but with a settled Isaako at fullback, Milford at five-eighth and Croft at halfback then you better watch out because the Broncos are going to come out firing in 2020.
You also can’t forget about Tevita Pangai Jr and Joe Ofahengaue who are both also very young forwards who know how to work and play hard.
Number 9 Jake Turpin also re-signed for another three years. He can also play halfback if need be but showed in 2019 he can be lighting out of dummy-half. If Jack Bird is also fit, we all know how good of a player he can be.
Watch out for the Broncos in 2020. They will be there come finals time.