Tuesday 19 November 2013

#NRL 2014: Want the Skinny on next year's signings by the Brisbane Broncos? #NRLRecruitment


2014 National Rugby League Premiership
By W D Nicolson - November 19, 2013

The Broncos are on their way to a sensational recruitment class for 2014 if they can tear Anthony Milford out of Canberra's hands before Round 1. Edit 27/11: Turns out, they'll get Milford but not til 2015.
Featuring www.wdnicolson.com's Recruitment Rating
 - Superstar First Grader, Will Win Games
Ben Barba - Fullback from Bulldogs
 - Star First Grader, Representative Quality Player
None Recruited As Yet
 - Good First Grader, Solid Starter/Role Player
Martin Kennedy - Prop from Roosters
Todd Lowrie - Backrower from Warriors
 - Capable First Grader, Spot Starter/Bench Player, Potential Talent
Daniel Vidot - Outside Back from Dragons
 - Fringe Roster Depth, Unheralded Player
Stewart Mills - Outside Back from Sharks
Marmin Barba - Fullback/Five-Eighth from Titans
Jon Green - Prop from Sharks
Corey Norman to Eels
Scott Prince to Retirement
Peter Wallace to Panthers
Lama Tasi to UK
Dunamis Lui to Sea Eagles
Delroy Berryman to Sea Eagles
Kurt Baptiste to Raiders
Scott Anderson to UK
Other 2013 Broncos squad members are believed to be off-contract for 2014 but have yet to sign elsewhere.
Current Brisbane Off-Season Roster is available per the Official Club Website Player Profiles Page
Ben Barba is a massive get, given he's only one season removed from winning the Dally M and while the Broncos would be smart to play him at fullback and let him roam like Canterbury did, he may end up at five-eighth if Anthony Milford doesn't make his way north in time for 2014 (Edit: Milford will be a Bronco in 2015 it was confirmed on November 27). That said, Josh Hoffman is a quality custodian but Barba’s best position is by far and away fullback and Hoffman is a very good option in the three-quarter line if not worth giving a trial at five-eighth. 
Todd Lowrie will likely be in the final 17 but on the bench as a hybrid lock/prop (where he will vie with David Stagg for the role), while Daniel Vidot has a good chance of beating out Dale Copely, Jordan Kahu and Lachlan Maranta and (we all hope a fit-again) Jharal Yow Yeh) for a wing spot with late season sensation Corey Oates.
Stewart Mills and Marmin Barba are QLD Cup standard depth and likely little more, while Martin Kennedy should join the prop rotation with Sam Thaiday, Josh McGuire and Ben Hannant to make a quality foursome. The club also picked up a solid prop in journeyman Jon Green who replaces the departed Scott Anderson as the fringe front rower in the squad.
Obviously the biggest question is what do Brisbane do in the halves alongside Ben Hunt – who if we are honest has yet to emphatically claim the #7 jersey and looks set to win it by default with Cameron Cullen, Zach Strasser and Ashley Taylor the only names from the club's off-season roster who appear to be a chance of pushing him.
 (New players on NRL roster per broncos.com.au)
Ajuma Adams, Kodi Nikorima, Francis Molo, Cameron Cullen, Jo Ofahengaue, Zach Strasser, Duncan Paia'Aua and Ashley Taylor.
2014 Broncos

Even if the Broncos don't get Milford yet - this is clearly a GOOD recruitment class, giving Coach Anthony Griffin the tools to lift the Broncos back into playoff contention in 2014.
Let us know what you think of their 2014 Recruitment Class by commenting below or replying on Twitter.
PS. This may be the first of 16 such Recruitment Guides on www.wdnicolson.com... or if not on here, hopefully you'll read it somewhere else sooner rather than later. 
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