NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 07: Jack Bird of the Broncos in action during the round five NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Brisbane Broncos at McDonald Jones Stadium on April 7, 2018 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)

It was a tough 2018 for Jack Bird.

Following a big money move to the Broncos, Bird suffered injuries to his shoulder and sternum, had two operations this season which restricted him to just eight first grade games.

He struggled during those contests and failed to prove his worth, although all parties will be hoping for a much better season from the premiership-winning centre, and he’s started off in the right way already this pre-season.

Bird has already shed more than 5kg according to The Courier Mail, and is more than ready to light up the NRL next season, according to teammate Sam Tagataese.

“Jack has started really well in pre-season,” Tagataese told The Courier Mail.

“Last season he had a couple of injuries that mentally he was struggling with and for him to overcome that and start afresh for 2019 is a big thing.

“Last year the big thing for Jack was just gelling with the team. He had to gain that camaraderie with the boys and we were getting to know the type of bloke that he is.

“We are trying to help him settle in and make him feel comfortable and thankfully all the injuries are behind him.

“Jack can now work towards getting better for the new season.”

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New coach Anthony Seibold is reportedly yet to decide where Bird will play next season, after starting at centre, halfback and five-eighth during 2018.

The 23-year-old certainly has a lot of talent, and Brisbane rake Andrew McCullough can’t wait to see it on show next season.

“It’s always important for any person to perform,” McCullough added.

“There is an expectation when you come from another club to the Broncos as a marquee signing.

“Jack has had his own issues with injury so for him, he has come back injury-free and has set his mind on some goals and getting in the best shape he can be.

“I’m excited about Jack. As a player, I’m looking forward to seeing how he goes (next season).”

6 COMMENTS

  1. He is in the same enigma class as Gutherson and Peachy. Really good players but what is their position.
    Except for origin or internationals, they are too valuable to be impact players off the bench.

  2. This hot head will probably have another poor season, terribly and overrated. I would give him first crack at 5/8 and if he fails back to the centres and then at seasons end back to Cronulla. This bloke has too much pressure on him and according to this story still is adjusting to life at Pony Land. 🐴🎠🦄

    “We are trying to help him settle in and make him feel comfortable and thankfully all the injuries are behind him.” Fair dinkum he’s already been there 15 months.

    Still settling in indicates he has already got his excuse in place nicely for a return back to Sydney when he comes out through the season and states “I am homesick”

    Maybe Souffts 🐇🥄will sign him up. Bennett was the clown that chased him and brought him to the Brisbane Pony Club.💪👴👍

  3. How can he be predicted to have a big year when his best possible positions in the team have more capable players?
    Centre- Roberts is cemented in, Staggs clearly nailed his opportunity last year
    Half- Milf and Kodi should be starters, Bird has no kicking game or management skill
    Back row- Gillett if fit, big Joe, TPJ and Su’A all are better.
    Kids suited to the bench at best.

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