Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
The Brisbane Broncos were recently rocked by rising star Selwyn Cobbo’s comments about head coach Kevin Walters on the Back of the 135 podcast.
During the interview Cobbo called Walters’ coaching methods into question and discredited his ability in the role.
While it seems in doing so Cobbo was attempting to highlight Walters’ character as a person the reaction from the Broncos has been understandably negative and could be about to get worse.
The club’s CEO Dave Donaghy recently spoke to The Daily Telegraph’s Travis Meyn about the incident where he confirmed that the Queensland State of Origin representative would be punished.
“We will put an arm around him [Cobbo] and support him, but this is a real opportunity for him to understand the requirements of being a professional player and what’s right, what’s wrong and what’s acceptable at our club,” said Donaghy.
“Selwyn has made a really significant error in judgment in agreeing to do a podcast without the club’s approval.
“I don’t want to punish him for eternity for it, but he needs to know what happened and what was said was totally unacceptable.
“He will be sanctioned for it because it’s a clear breach of club policy. We will deal with that internally and move on from this.”
It is believed that Walters has been in negotiations with Brisbane’s power brokers about a contract extension for a while now with Donaghy’s glowing review of the Broncos head coach all but confirming this rumour.
“He [Walters] is doing a great job and we are absolutely committed to continuing to support him, as we are with the entire football program, to help us get back to where we want to be,” said Donaghy.
“We all saw the progress last year [ninth].
“We got a bit sloppy at the back end of last season but we have reviewed it, learnt from it and implemented steps to improve it.”
Brisbane’s support of their head coach shows a level of stability at the club not seen for many a year now; however, after a bottom-four finish in 2021 and a capitulation that saw the Broncos miss the top eight last season it may be finals or bust for Walters this year.