during the round 17 NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Brisbane Broncos at Cbus Super Stadium on July 8, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia.

Darius Boyd, captain of the Brisbane Broncos, says he would be happy move into the centres for the remainder of his NRL career if that is what’s best for the team.

In a massive win over Penrith last weekend, Broncos coach Wayne Bennett shifted Boyd to left centre and played youngster Jamayne Isaako at fullback and club legend Gorden Tallis thinks it could be a winning formula.

“I would have moved (Boyd) in a lot earlier because I think he needs to get closer to the ball,” Tallis told Fox League during the week.

“Darius is that good he can play any position.

“Issako has grown week-in, week-out, his kicking’s unbelievable.

“I thought he was really good to fill Darius’s shoes and not look out of place against (James) Maloney and (Nathan) Cleary who have a great kicking game.

“If he keeps on playing the way he does, the position’s his.

“I thought it was Brisbane’s best performance in a long time.”

Into the twilight stage of his career, Boyd thinks a move to the centres could help add a year or two to his career.

“Fullback’s my best position but I’m really happy wherever to be honest,” he said.

“The Broncos have given me a lot, I owe them a lot, I’m very grateful to be at this club and finish my career here.

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  1. From a purely defensive perspective, deploying Boyd (1 missed tackle per game) in the left centre position is a good thing for the Broncos. While Milford’s defence has substantially improved this season (2 missed tackles per game) Alex Glenn’s poor tackling technique and an average of 4 missed tackles per game, is a huge defensive liability for the Broncos. That said, from an offensive perspective Boyd is not what anyone could describe as a ‘metre eater’ (he is averaging 99 run metres per game) or effective a making line breaks (averaging 0 line breaks per game). For that reason, I would much rather see the likes of Shibasaki (who is averaging 153 run metres, 2 missed tackles and 0 line breaks per game) or Pearson (who is averaging 118 run metres, 2 missed tackles and 1 line break per match) deployed in that left centre position.

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