BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 09: Kodi Nikorima of the Broncos makes a break during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Brisbane halfback Kodi Nikorima is feeling a lot better about his place at the Broncos, after a meeting with new coach Anthony Seibold late last year.

While Nikorima was on tour with New Zealand during the off-season, reports circled around the NRL that the Broncos were interesting in dealing the 24-year-old to the Warriors, although that move didn’t eventuate.

Once Nikorima returned to Brisbane, he set up a meeting with Seibold regarding his playing future, and was calmly reassured his position was safe.

“I came in last year just so I could meet Seibs in person,” Nikorima told the Daily Telegraph.

“Obviously with all that stuff that came out, I felt the need to. Likewise, he got in contact with me as well. It was good to get that out of the way.

“It was just about knowing where I stood in the team and vice versa. I came in and he was all positive and told me to enjoy my break and be ready come Jan.

“(2020) is my contract and I’m here until then.”

Nikorima has only recently returned to the training fold for Brisbane, who returned from their Christmas break last week.

The No. 7 is currently enjoying life under Seibold, and can’t wait to learn more from his new coach alongside Anthony Milford.

“I really like Seibs,” Nikorima added.

“I like what he brings. It’s obviously different to Wayne (Bennett) but he spends a lot of time with the halves and that can only benefit my game going forward.

“Hopefully we can see that growth this year.”

9 COMMENTS

  1. I can’t remember a time when the game was so lean on quality halves.
    Ash Taylor, Aiden Sezer, Milford, Austen, Brodie Croft, Ben Hunt were all destined for greatness at one stage.
    Nikorima runs on in the 55th minute and runs around some tired forwards and the commentators can’t pump his tyres up enough.
    Foran MIA. Lachlan Lewis?????
    Elegy ppfffttt. Bad boy Corey Norman.
    Te Marie Martin, barely reserve grade quality.
    Brooks and Moses have one good season out of every six.
    The Warriors and Parra are very brave to ditch halves at this time without solid replacements.

    • Many years ago I went to a function where Beetson was giving a talk. He said that the lack of quality halves being produced was at a critical point. He said that once clubs looked for natural footballers and through training turned them into athletes. Now days they look for athletes and try to turn them into footballers. As a result players with high football IQs are often ignored because they do not have the desired body shape, height or size. Unfortunately the players that do not fit the mould with high IQ tend to be halves. I wonder if Langer, Toovey or Johns would have had the same opportunities today.

      It does not seem that long ago that :Langer, Stuart, Sterling, Hasler, Alexander etc etc were all completing at the same time.

  2. Nikorima played really good for the NZ Test team and is getting better each season, Why Shaun O’Sullivan went there is a mystery. He has done a Mitch Pearce and did not want to learn off Australias best halfback in Cooper Cronk. Will Nikorima teach him more than Cronk could have❓❓❓❓❓ No way in the world. The only games he will get in the NRL is if the current NZ Tests half gets injured. I still think sometime throughout 2019 O’Sullivan will be offered a starting NRL position at the Warriors, where his parents live and his father is the Warriors scout.🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱

  3. Manly’s Halves are not any better than any other team. Barret and Hasler could do a better job by running on the field and they still won’t make the 8

    • since when was this a post for Manly halves❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓😂🤣😆😁😆🤣😂🤡

  4. One club is spoilt for halves with Penrith having Cleary, Maloney and Luai.
    Luai should have tested the market. He could have a run on spot on many teams at $500k, I reckon.

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