New Brisbane playmaker Jock Madden keeps the pressure on for a starting spot and is poised to fire against Penrith in round one of the NRL season if captain Adam Reynolds doesn’t recover from a back problem.
Coach Kevin Walters said after the Broncos’ 20-18 win in Saturday’s Pre-Season Challenge against North Queensland that Reynolds appeared on the line to play but the former Wests Tigers half-Madden holds on after a strong performance also Ezra Mam, No. 6, warms the No. 7 jersey.
Madden set up two tries in his first game for the Broncos, defending strongly and communicating well.
“The seven is a big job for the Broncos,” Madden said after the win.
“Alfie (Allan Langer), Reyno… they all played there, so I just wanted to go out there and do my job and do what I do best.
“(Reynolds) was really good. He chatted to me before the game and said to just go and have fun and enjoy it.
“He has this confidence in me, so it’s really good to learn from him day by day and watch him go about his business.”
If Madden receives a call-up to face Penrith and face Nathan Cleary in the first round, he said he would be ready.
https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/madden-makes-case-for-start-in-the-broncos-halves-20230220-p5clsl.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_sport Madden advocates starting in the Broncos’ halves