A new Alfie

A new Alfie?

A new Alfie?

THE signing of veteran halfback, Scott Prince from Gold Coast Titans smacks of desperation by the Broncos.

But the club believes it has the talent coming through in the number 7 jumper to ensure the position is well covered in the future.

I was told last year the club has another superstar in its system, but officials didn’t want to put pressure on the kid by identifying him and singing his praises in public.

But Broncos fans are getting impatient as they await the arrival of another Alfie Langer.

It’s particularly hard to take when there were four Queenslanders (Cooper Cronk, Storm; Daly Cherry-Evans, Sea Eagles; Chris Sandow, Rabbitohs and Ray Thompson, Cowboys) starting at halfback in round 1 of the NRL.

The presence of youngsters Thompson, Robert Lui and Michael Morgan at the Cowboys has allowed superstar, Johnathan Thurston to switch to five eighth where he wants to play for Queensland and Australia.

In the under-20s there are at least five Queensland halfbacks – Billy Brittain (Albany Creek Crushers) at the Storm; Sam Scarlett (Wadoan Wildcats) Penrith; Sam Foster (Proserpine Panthers) North Qld; Jamal Fogerty (Beaudesert Kingfishers) Gold Coast and Kodi Nikorima (Aspley Devils), Brisbane.

Is Nikorima the rising superstar at the Broncos?

The New Zealand born, Qld under-18 rep scored two tries in the Broncos narrow win over Manly in the under-20s on Friday night. He turns 19 next month and won’t be rushed, although he could have a stint in the Intrust Super Cup at some stage this year.

A halfback who really impressed in round 1 of the Holden Cup (under-20s) was Parramatta livewire, Zach Dockar-Clay, who is only 17.

Another New Zealand born young talent, Dockar-Clay is very strong with a nice sidestep and good awareness with the ball.

French youngster, Ben Garcia scored a crucial try for the Broncos under-20s and his progress is a tribute to his determination to succeed in rugby league, with the Avignon junior paying his own way to Australia.

Last year he played colts and ISC for Wynnum-Manly, as well as returning to Europe to play a youth international against England.

The ISC starts next weekend with Wynnum to defend their title under the coaching of a former halfback, Graham Murray, who was known as ‘little Artie’ in his playing days.

Brisbane Second divison round 1 games were called off at the weekend because of the water logged state of the grounds.

One response to “A new Alfie

  1. In depth, thought provoking, far sighted and balanced – as usual. Welcome home from the ”Land of the Long White Cloud”.

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