Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Brisbane Broncos centre Herbie Farnworth has been in the best form of his career this season and was recently rewarded for his efforts by securing his place at the Broncos in 2023 by signing a one-year extension with the club.
According to former Broncos player and current board member Darren Lockyer Brisbane did have some competition for Farnworth’s signature when he spoke to Nine’s Wide World of Sports.
“We knew the Dolphins were chasing him [Farnworth], as were other clubs,” said Lockyer.
“I think we were keen to secure him in the pre-season – he wanted to wait and I think that was really to see if he thinks the club is heading in the right direction.”
Farnworth himself has also spoken publicly since re-signing with the Broncos as he revealed to The Courier-Mail that he is looking to start at fullback in 2023 which will certainly come as a surprise to many.
“I have spoken to ‘Kevvie’ [Kevin Walters] about it, I would like to play fullback next year and learn that spot,” stated Farnworth.
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“This year I am focused on centre and winning games and helping out the team.”
Farnworth’s teammate Selwyn Cobbo has had a breakout season so far on the wing and in the eyes of many is Brisbane’s long-term fullback so the Lancashire native’s comments have created some confusion around the number one jersey at Red Hill for the coming seasons.
Current fullback Tesi Niu is still recovering from an injury sustained in the Broncos loss to the Penrith Panthers in round six with Te Marie Martin currently filling in for him.
Once Niu returns it will be interesting to see if he can hold down the role and cement himself as Brisbane’s fullback next year.
It is also important to note that Cobbo is off-contract at the end of 2023 and is already gaining a serious amount of interest from rival NRL clubs so he may only re-sign with the Broncos if promised the fullback position.
At the moment it does seem likely that the offseason will be dominated by the speculation over just who will be the fullback in Brisbane next season.