Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Yesterday a report from the Courier Mail emerged stating that the Brisbane Broncos were working on trying to lure former player and 19-year-old prodigy Reece Walsh back to the club after they let him go to the New Zealand Warriors during the season.
While said report has neither been confirmed nor denied, Broncos coach Kevin Walters has been vocal about wanting Walsh to return.
“We’re certainly hoping with our roster, we’re always looking to change and re-shape it,” Walters stated on SEN’s Breakfast with Vossy.
“Walshy was in our arms here at the Broncos from a very young age, and unfortunately we lost him earlier this year.
“A lot of these guys that leave the club, particularly the younger ones, are always welcome to come back.
“We’ll never say no to Reece Walsh, that’s for sure.”
Kevin Walters would welcome Reece Walsh back in Brisbane. 👀
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New Zealand Warriors Chief Executive Officer Cameron George has hit back at the Broncos and this report, finding the timing of this all a bit suspicious, as the Broncos and Warriors are set to clash this weekend.
“It’s just ironic that we’re playing the Broncos this week and the Brisbane media are throwing up that they’re looking at him and carrying on,” George said via SENZ Mornings.
“Good luck to them, they should have never let him go in the first place. We’ve put a lot of work in with Reece, he’s on contract with us for a couple years.
“We showed great Reece a great deal of faith when quite frankly, the Broncos didn’t.”
The Warriors have signed Walsh to a three-year deal with an option in the fullback’s favour to extend for a further season in 2024, meaning that if the Broncos are pursuing Walsh’s services before then, they will have to put forth a very convincing deal, not only to Walsh but to the Warriors also.
It is; however, likely that Walsh will want to repay the faith that the Warriors have had in him, and would certainly be feeling bitter towards the Broncos for not believing in him and giving him the opportunity that he deserved.
This is certainly not the last we will hear from the parties involved in this situation.