Anthony Griffin
No more signings

Broncos rule out more big-name signings

Brisbane Broncos chief executive Paul White last night backed coach Anthony Griffin to deliver a premiership with the present crop of players.

With the exception of the return of veteran Test prop Petero Civoniceva, the Broncos have no big-name signings for next season, despite the retirement of skipper Darren Lockyer.

Griffin said last week time and money had been invested in young players at the club and a decision was made not to recruit outside.

“So we have to win with this group, and the sooner we do that the better,” he said.

“We’re demanding of them and we’ve got high expectations of them.”

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White said he backed Griffin’s commitment to the squad, which will be led by Sam Thaiday next year.

Aside from Civoniceva, the other Broncos signings are Nick Slyney (Redcliffe), Josh Starling (Tweed) and Luke Capewell (Gold Coast Titans), with Capewell a possible replacement for Lockyer.

Griffin said yesterday a lot had been said about the younger Broncos but he could not say enough about the older brigade – such as Lockyer, Thaiday, Corey Parker, Justin Hodges, Peter Wallace and Ben Hannant.

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