Brisbane returns to pre-season training today, barely 24 hours after this year’s club captain Darren Lockyer walked off into the sunset after leading Australia to victory in the Four Nations final in Leeds.
Civoniceva, who is a year older than Lockyer, has returned to Brisbane after four years as captain of the Penrith Panthers. But his 15th season could well be his last.
Lockyer made his decision to retire in April. Civoniceva turns 36 next April and is giving no hints yet on whether the Broncos will be in farewell mode once again.
“We’ll wait and see,” Civoniceva told the Broncos’ website on the eve of the first field session in the off-season.
“I really still haven’t put my finger on when I’m looking at hanging the boots up.
“For the moment I feel really good; grateful that I’ve had a rest and feeling refreshed. I’ll see how the season pans out.”