SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 19: Cody Walker of the Rabbitohs is tackled during the NRL round six match between the Bulldogs and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium on April 19, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Broncos coach Anthony Seibold has denied interest in Rabbitohs star Cody Walker.

Brisbane were one of seven clubs linked to Walker according to a report by the Courier Mail, with Seibold coaching the five-eighth last year.

And despite their connection, he insists that no one from Brisbane has approached the 29-year old or his management.

“No, it’s not true,” Seibold told Fox Sports’ NRL 360 on Fox League.

“That report that came out of Brisbane (on Sunday and Monday) from my understanding, it was in the local paper up here, it’s not true one bit. It’s unfactual.

“I rate Cody Walker very highly as a player but he just hasn’t been discussed at any level and certainly his management haven’t been approached by anyone here at the club.

“I know Cody’s very well settled down in Sydney and at South Sydney. That’s his home and he’s playing his best football down there, and he has last year and the early part of this year played exceptionally well.”

Seibold also denied that James Roberts was on his way out of the club, who has been linked to South Sydney after struggling with form in the early parts of this season.

“Jimmy hasn’t had a conversation with me about leaving,” Seibold said.

“It’s been reported from my understanding in the Sydney media that there’s clubs interested in Jimmy, but he’s got another 18 months on his contract here.

“I didn’t pick him against Manly because I wanted to give a couple of guys an opportunity, particularly Kotoni Staggs and Gehamat Shibasaki, I think they both have been training really well and any opportunities they’ve had this year whether it’s Queensland Cup or in the NRL, they’ve both performed really admirably. So it was more about rewarding those guys.

“Jimmy will be in our 21 (player squad) this week and we’ll make a decision later in the week who actually starts at centre there.

“Jimmy’s had no conversation with me about leaving the club.”

Asked if he would permit Roberts a release if requested, Seibold said: “That’d be something I’d have to consider and also speak to other people involved with the club.

“It’s not something that’s just my decision.”

 

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