After Thursday’s match-up against the Penrith Panthers, the Brisbane Broncos proved they have the desire and talent within the team to match it with the top half of the competition.
However, individuals within the Broncos let them down time and time again with poor errors and even poorer performances. The Broncos must look around the NRL for players who show grit and determination – something that they lack.
There are several players off-contract at the Broncos and players they are trying to move on. If the stars align, these are the five players Brisbane should sign to again make them the powerhouse they once were.
1. Adam Reynolds (2022)
Adam Reynolds is currently one of the best halfbacks in the world, behind Nathan Cleary, of course, and the Broncos would be stupid not to chase after him. It still bewilders me that he is even up for grabs and if the Broncos can sign him, it would be a massive coup for not only the club, but for their young halves in Brodie Croft and Tom Dearden.
2. Kurt Capewell (2022)
Kurt Capewell is 2020’s State of Origin hero and is only growing as a player. The Broncos lack strong edge back rowers and Capewell can fill that void.
3. Dale Finucane (2022)
Dale Finucane is a premiership winner, State of Origin winner and has been in the Storm system for a few years now. The Broncos can use his time at the Storm to lead and guide the younger Broncos forward pack.
4. Corey Horsburgh (2023)
Corey Horsburgh is a young, fiery redhead from Queensland and is currently playing in the NSW Cup due to a pre-season drink-driving incident. He is passionate and tough and would bring impact from the bench for the Broncos.
5. Lindsay Collins (2023)
Lindsay Collins is another 2020 State of Origin hero and is going from strength to strength in 2021. His line speed and big carries would make the Broncos forward pack just that little bit more intimidating.
These signings are not quick fixes, and besides Reynolds, these signings have many years of rugby league left in them.
The Broncos also must offload a number of players to make room within their cap space and playing roster.
But with these signings and the current group of young Broncos forwards and backs, Kevin Walters’ side could be a title contender within three years.