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Brisbane Broncos now $4.00 for the top four after parting company with Kevin Walters

Posted on 05/04 by Joe Gann

Brisbane Broncos now $4.00 for the top four after parting company with Kevin Walters
Kevin Walters' decision to quit his role at the Broncos rounds off a terrible week for the club.

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The partnership of Wayne Bennett and Kevin Walters has been dissolved for the third and likely final time as the Broncos assistant coach walks away from Red Hill to concentrate on his Origin role. Having been brought back into the fold prior to the start of the new season, the timing of his decision comes as a major surprise with just four rounds of the competition played.

Rumours are currently circulating that Walters became frustrated with Bennett’s reluctance to embrace new coaching methods, although the Maroons’ boss has stated that he has found it difficult to juggle the demands of Queensland role with that of assistant with the Broncos.

"I felt that my direct link to the Broncos may influence the perception of my impartiality and as result of these factors I have made the decision to step away from the club to focus solely on the State of Origin campaign," he clarified in a statement.

However, it has raised a few eyebrows considering many had predicted that he was being groomed to take the reins when the 69-year-old Bennett eventually steps down; this week’s turn of events may have thrown a spanner in the works of the Broncos’ succession plans.

After being sacked by Bennett in 2005 and 2015, the reintroduction of Walters to the set up at Red Hill was taken with a view to focusing on the improvement of the halves department.
It had appeared that the Broncos would benefit from his input as a speciality halves coach given the situation regarding the misfiring partnership of Kodi Nikorima and Anthony Milford - the sight of Ben Hunt flourishing at the Dragons must be particularly galling for Broncos fans.

The idea of Darius Boyd being drafted into a playmaking role with Nikorima slotting in at full-back has been mooted in an attempt to address the concerns over the compatibility of the current halfback pairing.

Currently sitting in tenth spot on the ladder with a 2-2 record, a stop-start season so far reached a low point in round 4 as the Titans recorded their first win in 11 years on Brisbane’s home turf. It will be interesting to see how Bennett deals with such an eventful period at such an early point of the year.

The Broncos are $4.00 to make the top four this season.

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