Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
After round 19 the Brisbane Broncos were sitting in fourth place on the NRL ladder.
Following their last game of the regular season where they lost 22-12 to the St George Illawarra Dragons, the Broncos now sit in ninth and have missed the finals for a third straight season.
Over the past month, we have witnessed one of the most astonishing collapses in the modern era of Rugby League as the Broncos went from nearly completing their rebuild to falling apart in five short weeks.
During this time there have been reports of great unrest behind closed doors at the Broncos with two players in particular believed to be disenfranchised with head coach Kevin Walters following the club’s 53-6 loss against the Parramatta Eels in round 24 where Walters could be seen blasting his players after the game.
It is this telling-off that has upset the two players and led many to criticise the current culture at the Broncos.
Former player and premiership winner Greg Alexander shared his thoughts on Brisbane’s current situation following last night’s loss to the Dragons on Fox League.
He believes this issue will not go away any time soon and will not help Brisbane’s chances of improving in 2023.
“It’s not good enough to be complaining about the coach spraying the players,” Alexander said.
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“There is no way that should have been made public.
“If you’re a player at that club and you’re leaking that sort of information, your club is going nowhere, absolutely nowhere.
“The stories that have leaked out of Brisbane over the last couple of weeks, it’s not a club on the up, it isn’t.”
Broncos fans will be hoping Alexander ends up being incorrect as despite their shocking end to the season Brisbane have immensely improved and will be looking to push further up the ladder next season.
While it seems their representative forward Payne Haas could be on the way out the Broncos have brought back Reece Walsh for 2023 after a season and a half stint at the New Zealand Warriors and will be looking to him to step up and help them secure a place in next year’s finals series.