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Gorden Tallis furious over Ben Ikin criticism in Broncos

Tensions at the Broncos finally intensified after club great Gorden Tallis called football head Ben Ikin a “lazy man”. Photo: Getty Images

of A disastrous end to the Brisbane Broncos’ NRL season Things are only going from bad to worse as the reasons behind the tension between coach Kevin Walters and head of football Ben Ikin have come to light publicly.

In a heated debate about the Fox program NRL 360it was revealed that Walters kept Aiken away from many important decisions throughout the season, which could be traced back to Aiken’s hiring without the coach’s knowledge.

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The sticky situation prompted Broncos legend Gorden Tallis to publicly endorse Walters, saying Ikin’s role was nothing more than a “slacker” for the coach.

On Monday night, NRL veteran journalists Phil Rothfield and James Hooper discussed the situation.

Rossfield worked on NRL 360 I sat at the desk with Aiken for a while.

The disagreement was in the air, as Hooper said Tallis was justified in defending his “bro” at Walters, and not doing so was tantamount to “throwing him under the bus.” suggested that it was

However, Rothfield argued that all parties involved need to have a broader view for the best interests of the Broncos.

“What you have to do, James, when you work in the media, you have to have a broader perspective outside of your peers,” he said.

“I have to look at what’s wrong with the Broncos and tell them exactly who’s wrong with Kevy or Ben…always taking care of their comrades, but friendship shouldn’t cloud their opinion of things.

“That’s what I meant, I thought the spray (of Talis) was too heavy and called Ben Aiken a minion.

The Broncos made some changes off the field after fading from 4th to 9th in the final six rounds in the second half of the season, with offensive coach Terry Matterson being sacked last week.

Matterson, who won the premiership with the Broncos in 1992 and 1993, was the side’s attacking coach and paid for the NRL club’s late-season fade-out in the last six weeks.

Additionally, the club’s football administration manager, Steve Walters, has resigned from the role due to personal and business reasons.

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Walters told AAP that the arrival of former Warrington playmaker and current Wigan assistant coach Lee Briars next year will boost his young playmaker’s attacking skills.

Kevin Walters thanked his brother and Matterson for their significant contributions to the Broncos, saying that they “have worked tirelessly in their respective roles over the last few years.”

He said Matterson “brought a wealth of experience and knowledge to his role” and paid tribute to Steve’s work as football manager over the past two decades in Australia, Queensland and the Broncos.

Broncos CEO Dave Donaghy said the club’s end-of-season review has been completed and despite the club’s disappointing final month of the season, he said: “We have made great progress and are on the road for 2023. The goal is to continue to walk the path of

Kevin Walters, current Broncos assistant coach Alan Langer and former Wales international Briars played together for Warrington in the Super League in 2001.

In 425 games over a 15-year career with the Warrington Wolves, the Briars scored a club-record 2584 points and won three Challenge Cups.

The Brisbane Broncos are pictured after their final round loss as they fell out of the NRL final.

The Brisbane Broncos became only the second NRL team since 1995 to finish the season with a winning record and fail to reach the final. (Photo: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

After retiring from the first half, he joined the Wolves’ coaching staff and was promoted to assistant coach before joining Wigan this season as Matt Pete’s assistant, leading him to second place on the Superleague ladder after a disappointing 2021.

Walters’ stint at Warrington was brief, but Langer and Briars were half-partners for two seasons.

Briars, 44, will become Brisbane’s development coach, helping the club’s new half and spine members.

Broncos captain Adam Reynolds has a brilliant kicking game, but needs help around him.

That’s where Briers’ skill set comes in, Walters said, allowing him to tweak the skills of Ezra Mumm, Tesi Niu and Corey Pecks, and recruit Reece Walsh and Jock Madden. .

Walters told AAP: “Lee will excel in his offensive skills, his short kicks, long kicks, passing and running game. He covers all bases as a player and as a coach. will do the same,” he told the AAP.

“Adam is here as a good mentor, but Lee brings fresh eyes, ears and ideas from the outside and has a very strong coaching background, from academy teams to superleague assistant coaches.

“He was a very smart player for Warrington with great skill. He had everything from goal kicks and kick games to his general play.”


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