Written by Joshua Dean
It has been 14 long years since the Brisbane Broncos have won the NRL Premiership with several ups and downs during that period. However, with the turn of the decade, it is becoming clear that the Broncos may be the force to reckon with in the NRL for years to come.
They have built a young forward pack full of powerhouses that can lead them to many victories over the next ten years. Their influx of youth is remarkable, with the average age of the 2020 NRL Squad being 23.3 years old. If they can keep these players on long term deals, the Brisbane Broncos may dominate the 2020’s, winning many premierships.
Re-Signing David Fifita is a must for the Broncos. He is a bonafide superstar already, at the age of 20 and has the potential to become an all-time great.
The forward pack of the Brisbane based club is already strong, imagine it in five years. The likes of Payne Haas, Tevita Pangai Jr, Matt Lodge, Patrick Carrigan, Thomas Flegler and Ethan Bullemore alongside David Fifita, will be in their primes. It is scary to think how good this forward pack will be. For the full 80 minutes of a game, there will be world-class forwards in the Broncos pack.
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Questions have been raised about Anthony Milford and Darius Boyd is at the back-end of his career. The signing of Brodie Croft looks very promising and if he continues to develop, he will become a vital piece of this team. Young hooker Jake Turpin is a very good prospect for the future and will have a great opportunity to shine now that Andrew Mccollough has moved to Newcastle.
One halves position with Croft and the hooker position with Turpin looks finalised for the foreseeable future, however, the fullback and five-eighth roles are key for their future premiership hopes. One would assume that Milford stays for a while, however, some fans don’t see him as the five-eighth to lead the Broncos. He is only 25, so he may continue beyond 2021, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Broncos look for a new number six.
At fullback, they should heavily pursue Alex Johnston, who would get the chance to finally play consistently in the fullback position. He fits the timeline, at 25 years old.
The Broncos have a solid group of outside backs, with the likes of Corey Oates, Jack Bird, Jordan Kahu and Jamayne Isaako being established first graders. They also have promising young speedsters like Kotoni Staggs, Herbie Farnworth and Jesse Arthars. Obviously you cannot fit all of them into the four wing and centre spots but for the foreseeable future, it’s likely that Corey Oates and Jamayne Isaako will be starting wingers and Kotoni Staggs as a starting centre.
Then there is the other centre spot. If Jack Bird is healthy, it is obviously him. However, if he struggles with fitness, it may be Jordan Kahu. Or, they may need to look for a centre elsewhere. Someone like 24-year-old Euan Aitken would make a good addition.
Brisbane is already a solid finals side in 2020, management just needs to make a couple of smart decisions in key positions moving forward to ensure they are a well-balanced side. Their forward pack alone would win them games, however, if they can get everything else sorted, the 2020s will be the decade of dominance for the Brisbane Broncos.