Rugby league legend Billy Slater believes the Broncos have robbed Darius Boyd of his football soul and called for him to be reinstated as the Brisbane fullback.
Boyd was moved from his favourite position to five-eighth last season before shifting to centre in 2020 and was stripped of the captaincy.
The Broncos are reeling and currently sit one loss and one Bulldogs win away from the dreaded wooden spoon position this season.
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The game’s greatest ever fullback in Slater, who played a large part of his representative career alongside Boyd believes returning him to fullback could be the best move for both club and player, as well as the side’s struggling defence.
“The Broncos need stability and you get that from your fullback, especially defensively,” Slater said on The Sunday Footy Show.
“Darius, firstly, perfected the role. He’s a great defensive fullback, he’s played for his country, his state, he’s won two grand finals at fullback.
“But when you take that position off Darius, and then you take the captaincy off him, you nearly break his football soul.
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“Darius, has been a fraction of himself this year. And you take all those positions off him and they just lack a bit of leadership. I would definitely go Darius at fullback.”
However Darren Lockyer hit back at Slater by stressing that the lack of centre options at the club had forced Seibold to move Boyd and that the former Origin and Kangaroos star was consulted every step of the way, but conceded he is down on confidence.
“One of the challenges with Darius going to fullback is there’s no left centre at the club,” Lockyer said.
Darius Boyd at Broncos training.Source:Getty Images
“When he gets shifted from fullback to centre that probably knocks you’re confidence as well.
“When you take the captaincy away from Darius, that’s going to have an impact. But Darius has been around a long time, he’s very resilient and copped that on the chin.
“The coach sat him down at the start of the year and said ‘I want to play you left centre and keep you there all year’. Darius was on board with that.
“He had a cracker the other night, and I just hope to see the next nine weeks his got left in the game, he just starts to enjoy it.”
Originally published asSlater calls out Broncos for breaking Boyd’s ‘football soul’ and pushes for No.1 return
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