Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Tyrone Roberts has recently capped off his tenth year in professional Rugby League by winning the 2021 Intrust Super Cup with the Norths Devils, who have not won the competition since 1998.
He has plenty of NRL experience too, playing for the Newcastle Knights and the Gold Coast Titans before a move to Super League club the Warrington Wolves in 2018, where he was a part of a side that lost both the Challenge Cup final and Super League Grand Final in that same year.
Roberts then returned to the Titans, winning the man of the match award in the 2019 All-Stars game.
At the end of 2020, he was released by the club after becoming a squad rotation player.
The 30-year-old then dropped back to reserve grade full time this year with the Devils, who are of course the feta club to the Brisbane Broncos.
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Brisbane is reportedly set to offer Roberts a train and trial deal this pre-season according to The Courier-Mail, and give him the chance to be signed and added to the Broncos top 30 squad for 2022.
Former Bronco and current Director of Football at the club Ben Ikin has revealed to The Courier-Mail that he and head coach Kevin Walters had agreed to scout talent from Brisbane’s feta clubs to give out train-and-trial deals ahead of next season.
“We have some train and trial contracts to give out, so Kevvie meets with each of the affiliate clubs just to talk through who they are looking at for a train and trial contracts,” said Ikin.
If Roberts does go on to sign with the Broncos and join their top 30 squad, don’t expect him to be running out in the maroon and gold often if at all, as he will likely only be used for cover in case of an injury to Tyson Gamble or Adam Reynolds.
He will also be competing for the role of backup half with Albert Kelly, who the Broncos have already re-signed for 2022, so expect Roberts to primarily play for the Devils as they look to go back-to-back in the Intrust Super Cup.