Broncos big Boyd leadership backflip
Prized Brisbane recruit Brodie Croft has revealed he has been slotted straight into the NRL club's leadership group after arriving from Melbourne.
The 22-year-old halfback has had his first training session at Red Hill after being released from the last two years of his Storm contract, but has already been on a Broncos leadership camp in Tasmania.
"Even to be talked about in that (leadership) calibre is a huge honour... (but) I am looking forward to having a big influence on this team," said Croft.
Croft's leadership confirmation follows a report he and club captain Darius Boyd have both been selected in a seven-man Broncos leadership group for 2020.
The Broncos famously blew up their five-man leadership group following their disastrous finals campaign at the end of the 2019 season with reports claiming captain Boyd would have to re-apply for his leadership position heading into the 2020 pre-season.
Channel 7's Chris Garry reported on Monday Boyd and Croft were both involved in the Tasmania leadership retreat.
Broncos have put Brodie Croft straight into leadership group. Croft joins six other players including Boyd in group. They camped overnight on Cradle Mountain last week in what I’d like to imagine was a mountain-top Battle Royale for captaincy! Full story tonight @7NewsBrisbane— Chris Garry (@ChrisGarry7) December 2, 2019
Despite the Broncos refusing to make any public comment on the club's on-field leadership for next year, widespread reports claimed Boyd was resigned to relinquishing the captaincy after an end of season meeting with coach Anthony Seibold.
According to reports, the Broncos were in September considering telling Boyd he was not in the team's plans for the first round of the 2020 season.
However, the 32-year-old is now back in a senior position at the club, which is still yet to name its captain for 2020.
The Broncos are yet to confirm the make-up of their new seven-man leadership group, but Boyd, retired forward Matt Gillett, Matt Lodge, Alex Glenn and Andrew McCullough were all told at the end of the 2019 season that their positions in the leadership group were not guaranteed heading into 2020.
Seibold said last month he had no update on the club's captaincy for 2020, and refused to confirm reports Boyd will step down.
Garry reported recently the Broncos were considering playing hard ball with Boyd, who reportedly has a further $1.6 million remaining on his contract, which expires at the end of 2021.
"The bigger issue for Brisbane is what on Earth are they going to do next year," Garry said.
"They don't want Darius Boyd there. They don't want Andrew McCullough there. But how are they going to clear that space in their cap? Who's going to buy them? That's the problem they face.
"He's not going to play 15 games next year. That's the conversation they'll have and then they'll figure out a way for him to exit gracefully.
"He's won a premiership at the club, he's a great figure at the club, he won't get turfed out, but he'll also be told that he's not in the team for round one."
- with AAP