Brisbane Broncos ladder, Kevin Walters coach, Broncos resurgence, Payne Haas, Patrick Carrigan, Origin performance, Broncos results, NRL360, How have the Broncos improved

Brisbane Broncos ladder, Kevin Walters coach, Broncos resurgence, Payne Haas, Patrick Carrigan, Origin performance, Broncos results, NRL360, How have the Broncos improved

Broncos coach Kevin Walters has revealed a number of his players are in a sweet spot in their development — which has sparked a Red Hill resurgence in 2022 — and has gone as far as to say a premiership is on the cards.

Walters explained that players who have played between 50 to 100 games in the NRL are in an important growth period as a player, learning about “yourself and what you need to do each week”.

The 54-year-old highlighted star forwards Payne Haas and Patrick Carrigan as two young guns in that period — and both have clearly developed, enjoying success as the Broncos sit in fourth place, a far-cry from 14th in 2021.

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Overall, the Red Hill club has nine players who have played between 50 and 100 NRL games, and Walters believes that factor has played a major role in the club’s charge to finals football.

“Patty, and certainly Payne Haas… all these guys are getting in between 50 and 100 games in the NRL which is where you really learn about yourself and what you need to do each week,” Walters said on NRL360.

“We have maybe six or seven guys who have learned how to play in the NRL… these guys seem to be well on song on how to prepare well but more importantly on game day are showing up.”

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Walters also explained the whole squad has been “buying in” to the club’s culture, seeing a big attitude shift as the Broncos are “playing some good footy”.

“The whole squad of 30 have been really buying into everything we are doing,” Walters said.

“Particularly from a hard work point of view… if I think back to my memories as a Broncos player, we worked hard, we certainly played hard then the enjoyment factor was there as well.

“Our guys have a really good attitude with our work ethic, we put a big focus on that this year… now it is just about playing some good footy and enjoying where we are and what we are doing.”

Defense is always a key factor in NRL success at the back-end of the year and the team who comes away with the silverware often has one of the best defensive records in the competition.

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The Broncos have the fifth best defensive record in 2022, but Walters still believes they can improve.

“The best defensive teams are there when it really matters, deep it September and early October, so that has been a focus for us,” Walters said.

“Still a way to go but that has been our major focus.”

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When asked if a premiership was on the cards for his young squad, Walters was clearly excited.

“We certainly can (win a premiership), I am not sure when that is going to happen, but it will happen, I am putting that out into the universe,” Walters said.

“It will happen, not sure when, and the players and all the coaching staff will decide that but it will happen.”

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