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Reece Walsh goes back to Suncorp, in a step that could define a generation.
With Walsh reportedly signing a three-year deal beginning in 2023, the Broncos now have a core of young talent for years to come.
This group includes Patrick Carrigan, a man considered the future leader of the club and state; Thomas Fleger; Payne Haas, arguably the game’s best forward; Herbie Farnworth; Selwyn Cobbo; Ezra Mam; Kotoni Staggs; TC Robati; Jordan Riki; and Brendan Piakura.
Add captain Adam Reynolds and Kurt Capewell, both signed until 2024, and Brisbane emerge as a formidable side with a perfect blend of youth and experience, poise and destruction that has the potential to terrorize opponents.
This is especially true as raw talents like Mam and Cobbo – who only have a handful of top-notch games together – continue to mature and improve.
At 19, Walsh adds youth and a creative spark that has led him to record ten tries and 19 try assists in his 30 first grade games.
Add to that an average of 123 running meters per game and the young full-back has all the attributes to be a great full-back.
The obvious question surrounding Walsh’s arrival is what it means for Cobbo, who has performed well on the wing this year but is being touted as the game’s next great full-back and a nightmare for New South Wales for years to come.
Cobbo will have to spend his training – much like one of football’s other great modern full-backs, Greg Inglis – initially on the wing, as he has done this season, but eventually in centre, where he gets more football and wreaks more destruction.
The fact that Kevin Walters’ biggest problem is integrating his incredibly talented superstars into the squad shows how far the club have come since taking their first wooden spoon in 2020.
Walsh’s signing solidifies their backbone, strengthens their young core and allows the game’s best youngsters to learn from a great leader in Adam Reynolds, whose control will allow the attacking talents around him to thrive.
On the other hand, while the Warriors are losing a spirited talent, they are gaining an established star in Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad who loves the country and has a competitive drive that will help build the club.
It seems like a real win-win move, although one party is clearly the bigger winner.
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