Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Photo by Broncos Media
Earlier this season teenage prodigy Reece Walsh was let go by the Brisbane Broncos to join the New Zealand Warriors on a three-year deal.
However, the Courier Mail is reporting that the Broncos are developing a plan to bring Walsh back to Red Hill.
Brisbane coach Kevin Walters and the club’s higher-ups were heavily criticised when they released Walsh, as the club has been in desperate need of a star fullback and half for quite some time now and they let someone who could have been either slip through their fingers and it now seems the Broncos are going to try and devise a way in which they can get him back but it certainly will not be easy, as the 19-year-old would likely not be too keen on returning to a club where he was pushed out any time soon.
Since making his NRL debut in the Warriors’ clash with the Melbourne Storm on ANZAC Day, Walsh has scored nine tries, gotten ten try assists and has averaged 126 running metres per game.
During this time he has predominantly played at fullback but has also been used at five-eighth too.
Walsh was also set to make his Queensland State of Origin debut in game II of this year’s series after playing just six first grade games, before succumbing to an injury in the lead up to the clash between the Blues and Maroons.
The Broncos intent in bringing Reece Walsh back to the club does raise the question of what does this mean for Tesi Niu, who has recently re-signed with the club until the end of 2023?
Niu has been playing at fullback for the Broncos recently and it seemed he would be staying there for the foreseeable future, especially after signing that contract extension.
If the Broncos are indeed looking to bring their former star of the future back to the club relatively soon, then they will need to throw a lot of money at Walsh to be any chance of convincing him to return, and possibly release a player or two to the Warriors if they want to get him before his contract is up at the end of 2023.