With the Brisbane Broncos having lacked a game managing halfback since Ben Hunt went south to the St George Illawarra Dragons, reports have emerged this week that Anthony Seibold has his eyes on Raiders halfback Aidan Sezer to fill the halfback slot for 2020.
Having already been linked to Melbourne’s Brodie Croft as well as the under-performing Ashley Taylor, The Courier-Mail is reporting that Sezer has seemingly put himself at the front of the queue after steering the Raiders to an unlikely Grand Final appearance.
While Sezer is still contracted to the Raiders for 2020, Ricky Stuart has signed much-hyped Englishmen George Williams to play alongside Jack Wighton for 2020, leaving Sezer on the outer.
While Sezer’s kicking game and game managing abilities would be missed, his potential release, if the Broncos or another club were to come in for the former Titan would release much-needed funds, allowing the Raiders to potentially re-sign the off-contract Jordan Rapana or upgrade and extend John Bateman’s deal.
While he may not be a long-term option, Sezer would prove to be a more than adequate quick fix for the Broncos, with their kicking game and a general lack of a game manager there for all to see in 2019.
A modest short-term contract for Sezer would allow Tom Dearden some time to develop more physically and skill-wise before being thrust back into the all-important No.7 jersey, or it could tie Brisbane over until they go to the market and chase a big-name halfback.
With Fox Sports already reporting that English powerhouses Wigan and Huddersfield had already expressed interested in the Bulldogs junior, The Courier-Mail contacted Sezer’s management to confirm the interest from Red Hill.
“Aidan has proven he’s a quality playmaker and he’s the sort of half or five-eighth who would work very well with Tom Dearden at the Broncos,” Ayoub said.
“At this stage, Aidan is happy at Canberra, but in saying that the market can change quickly and the off-season can present offers and opportunities.
“We’ve had some approaches and they are genuine expressions of interest.
“I won’t name the clubs out of respect to them but there are clubs in the NRL and overseas that have made inquiries.
“The good judges will tell you he is safe, he has a great kicking game, he is an outstanding goalkicker and is up there with the best defensive halfbacks in the game. Aidan has a lot to offer.”
While the Broncos aren’t short of attacking talent with the likes of Milford, Isaako, Fifita, and Haas in their team, a player with the less flashy three aforementioned attributes listed by his management could be just what the Broncos need to take them back to the top.