With the 2018 season drawing nearer, we will begin to look at how each team is shaping up for the season ahead.
Today, we dissect competition heavyweights; The Brisbane Broncos – and what their best 17 looks like.
Brisbane Broncos 2018 Player Movements
|2018 Gains: Jack Bird (Cronulla Sharks, 2021), Troy Dargan (Parramatta Eels, 2018), David Fifita (2020), Matthew Lodge (2018), Patrick Mago (North Queensland Cowboys, 2018), Shaun Nona (St George Illawarra Dragons, 2018), Andre Savelio (Warrington Wolves, 2019), Sam Tagataese (Cronulla Sharks, 2018), Jake Turpin (Melbourne Storm, 2018)|
|2018 Losses: Jai Arrow (Gold Coast Titans), Adam Blair (New Zealand Warriors), Herman Ese'ese (Newcastle Knights), Keegan Hipgrave (Gold Coast Titans), Ben Hunt (St George Illawarra Dragons), Matiu Love-Henry (New Zealand Warriors), Benji Marshall (Wests Tigers), David Mead (Catalan Dragons), Tautau Moga (Newcastle Knights), Francis Molo (North Queensland Cowboys)|
|Re-Signed: Darius Boyd (2021), George Fai (2019), Alex Glenn (2019), Jamayne Isaako (2018), Jordan Kahu (2020), Andrew McCullough (2021), Josh McGuire (2021), Anthony Milford (2021), Kodi Nikorima (2020), Corey Oates (2018), Joe Ofahengaue (2019), James Roberts (2021)|
|Off Contract 2018: Troy Dargan, Jamayne Isaako, Matthew Lodge, Patrick Mago, Shaun Nona, Corey Oates, Tom Opacic, Mosese Pangai, Tevita Pangai Junior, Korbin Sims, Jaydn Su'a, Sam Tagataese, Sam Thaiday, Jake Turpin|
2018 Predicted Lineup
- Anthony Milford
- Corey Oates
- Jack Bird
- James Roberts
- Jordan Kahu
- Darius Boyd ©
- Sam Scarlett
- Joe Ofahengaue
- Andrew McCullough
- Sam Thaiday
- Alex Glenn
- Matt Gillett
- Josh McGuire
- Kodi Nikorima
- Jaydn Su’A
- Korbin Sims
- Tevita Pangai Junior
Reserves: Andre Savelio, Sam Tagatese, Marion Seve, Jonus Pearson.
Coach: Wayne Bennett
The Big Question: Should he remain at five-eighth; will Anthony Milford be able to make the same impact on the game without a dominant halves partner?
Predicted Finish: 8th
Author’s Note: An interesting one that’s for sure. Would a positional switch between Darius Boyd and Anthony Milford provide the spark that Brisbane is lacking, or will it further the side’s chances of a slide down the ladder?
Also, Matthew Lodge has been intentionally left out of the team. You know why.
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