Written by Joshua Dean
The Broncos have had a great side on paper for years now, however, the results on the field have been disappointing.
A key factor for underperforming Brisbane sides in recent history has been Anthony Milford’s poor decision making and lack of composure. He is contracted until the end of the 2021 season but many would argue he should be dropped and released as soon as possible. The performances he has produced over the past few years are not up to standard for a player on a multimillion-dollar deal.
Whilst the Broncos current problems can not be blamed on one player, Brisbane most certainly need a new five-eighth and there a are few ways to go about it. They could sign an experienced number six to help guide their young side, or they could go with the youth either already at the club, or from elsewhere.
Here are a few candidates the Brisbane Broncos could look at:
Blake Green (out of contract end of season)
Green has had three solid seasons with the Warriors and could finish his career in Brisbane. His composure and skill to lead the Warriors around the park has been instrumental for a side which lacks direction. Green could do a similar role for the Broncos, who have looked clueless in attack this season. The major issue is that he turns 34 in September, so at best you would only get two seasons out of him.
Tom Dearden (In-house)
The development of youth at the Broncos has been impressive and they may wish to look to one of their own, instead of signing someone else. Tom Dearden only turned 19 in March this year and has great NRL potential. He would take a while to get used to regular first-grade football, however, if given the chance he could become a rep quality half.
Jake Clifford (out of contract end of 2021)
Jake Clifford is a superstar in the making. If the Broncos could swoop in and steal Clifford from their rivals, it could prove to be a masterstroke. Clifford would work well with Brodie Croft, creating a balanced halves partnership that could last for the next decade. He is young, extremely talented and his smart style of play is what the Broncos have been lacking.
Kieran Foran (out of contract end of season)
The Kiwi International has had a rollercoaster career, however, is still a great number six. If he can wind back the clock to the Foran of old, the Broncos may become top four contenders which is where they should be. The risk of injury is high with him, however, the reward could be even greater. His style of play would complement very well with Brodie Croft, making Foran a solid fit for the Brisbane side.
Phoenix Crossland (out of contract end of 2021)
Crossland burst onto the scene last year for the Knights, showing great signs for someone so young. The 19-year-old played well alongside Mitchell Pearce last season. He hasn’t been able to get an NRL game this season and the Broncos could slot him straight in. His potential is through the roof which could be fulfilled at Brisbane.