Calls for homegrown Dalby hero to return to the Broncos
RUGBY LEAGUE: FATHER of Dalby-born Newcastle Knights hooker Andrew McCullough said his son’s experience would be welcomed back at the embattled Brisbane Broncos next season.
The 268 game veteran has been on loan to the Knights during the 2020 season, and recently underwent surgery for a serious leg-muscle injury.
In a bold article this week in the Courier Mail, sports writer Robert Craddock said it made sense to call the 30-year-old back to the under fire Broncos as he would “shore up the flaky middle” for a team under the hammer.
The injured hooker currently holds a $600,000 contract with Brisbane for 2021 and will return unless he can secure a similar offer at the Knights or elsewhere.
Graeme McCullough, Andrew’s father, said his possible return to the Broncos would be welcomed because of the depth of experience he would bring to the team with more than 260 games under his belt.
“Once Andrew left, and a few others left this year, I think experience was one of the big things they lacked,” he said.
“This season down at the Knights has been good for Andrew as well, he’s enjoyed the team he was playing with, and he got a new lease of life.
“There’s a great lot of blokes down there with good coaches, which has been good for him.”
The Broncos have been no stranger to controversy this season, suffering 15 losses and only three wins after 18 rounds, sitting second last on the ladder next to the Canterbury Bulldogs.
Coach Anthony Seibold then sensationally quit as the head coach in late August following the horror run of losses for the six-time premiership winning club.
Graeme said this season outside the sunshine state has been good for his son, as he’s been able to separate himself from the media circus in Brisbane.
“He’s just been concentrating on himself down there in Newcastle, as he didn’t want to be thinking about what’s been happening at the Broncos,” he said.
“That was a big plus for him, being able to get away from the publicity the Broncos deal with daily.
“Newcastle is out of the city, allowing him to focus on his role at the Knights.”
Speculation has been circling in the league of whether State of Origin coach Kevin Walters would take up the role next season, with Graeme saying his son had worked with him before.
“He’s dealt with Kev in the Origin team, but before that I’m not quite sure if he’s had a great deal to do with Kev,” he said.
“But I think he will be an ideal bloke to come back to the Broncos.”
The Broncos last game for the season will be against the North Queensland Cowboys on September 24.