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“It’s not a knock on Kev”: Gamble on Walters

01 Sep 22, 8:28PM 0 Comments

Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk

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Brisbane Broncos half Tyson Gamble is on the outer at the club having his game time severely reduced in 2022 and is reportedly set to join the Newcastle Knights next season.

One could argue Gamble’s absence from the first-grade squad is undeserved and could be the reason why he has been so candid about the current situation at the six-time premiership-winning club.

He recently appeared on Marshie’s Corner Podcast and gave listeners insight as to what happens behind closed doors at the Broncos.

“Kev’s [Kevin Walters] the coach but Reyno [Adam Reynolds] is the go-to man for everybody. If you’ve got a question about the team or footy, you go to him,” Gamble said.

“It’s not a knock on Kev but ‘Reyno’ has been around for so long.

“Kevvie really understands footy and he’s a good bloke in getting the team up and about but the modern day is so different to the way Kevvie played footy.”

While these comments are not necessarily the most controversial and certainly do not allude to any disdain towards Kevin Walters from the playing group, the fact that players are looking more toward their captain Adam Reynolds for guidance could be an area for concern.

It would seem as though subconsciously the players don’t trust or respect Walters’ tactical mind as much as one should for their coach; however, this can also be looked at as Walters giving his captain more responsibility and the great of the squad looking up to a veteran that has plenty of experience playing the modern version of the game.

The latter seems to be the case in this situation as Gamble went on to explain that he feels Walters’ lack of involvement is deliberate.

“I’m not saying Kevvie takes a backward step, but he knows what to say and when to say it and when to get involved,” said Gamble.

“It has worked well this year.

“He has allowed us to do what we want to do, but when it’s gone too far, he has reigned us back in and said pull your heads in and stick to basics.

Gamble has been called back into Brisbane’s squad for what could be his final game at the club as they take on the St George Illawarra Dragons this Saturday night that the Broncos must win to have any chance of playing in the finals.

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