In a blow to the Broncos’ future prospects, Fox Sports are reporting that South Sydney have signed talented outside back Corey Allan, for the 2019 season.
Currently plying his trade at fullback for the Souths-Logan Magpies in the Intrust Super Cup, the talented 19 year has impressed so far this season, averaging 90 run metres per game and only 1 missed tackle.
With his per game production this season, exceeding that of fellow Broncos contracted outside backs, Moses Pangai, Kontoni Staggs, Jamayne Isaako, James Roberts, Tom Opacic, Jack Bird and Jordan Kahu, but no first team opportunities forthcoming at the Broncos, it is understandable Allan has elected to pursue first grade opportunities elsewhere.
It is unclear how long his contract is with South Sydney, but Anthony Seibold and the Rabbitohs have acquired a very talent young player capable of playing fullback, wing, centre or in the halves.
Allan’s departure is another disappointing moment for Bennett and the Broncos’ recruitment and retention team. In recent seasons, Bennett has overseen the departure of highly productive Queensland born players Ben Barba, Tautau Moga, Ashley Taylor, Matt Parcell, Jake Granville, Jarrod Wallace, Jai Arrow and Herman Ese Ese.
Obviously salary cap restraints mean the Broncos can’t retain all players. That said, the unproductive on field performances this season from the likes of Darius Boyd, James Roberts, Tom Opacic, Jack Bird, Andrew McCullough, Sam Thaiday, Matt Gillett, Alex Glenn, Jaydn S’uA and Korbin Sims, coupled with the recent pursuit of interstate born players Korbin Sims, Matt Lodge, James Roberts, Pangai Jnr and Troy Dargan, are concerning trends.
As a member of the club since its foundation, I fear these recent trends (i.e. not giving opportunities to promising youngsters, when their on field production is superior to that of the club’s more experienced and tenured players, and not prioritising the recruitment and retention of highly productive Queensland born players) is indicative of a coach and club breaking with the traditions which made the Broncos great.