Broncos young guns are circling. But Seibold is backing Oates to bite back
His rivals have got a head start on Brisbane’s wing positions for 2020 but Corey Oates has enough credits in his NRL bank with coach Anthony Seibold.
Oates will play in his first trial match of the pre-season on Saturday against Gold Coast at Redcliffe after a summer disrupted by an infected leg.
That injury has meant Herbie Farnworth, Xavier Coates and recruit Jesse Arthars have all had the chance to press their claims on the wing during the Broncos’ pre-season.
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Seibold has reassured Oates his position in Brisbane’s round one team against North Queensland on March 13 won’t hinge on how he goes against the Titans.
“I’m a big believer in this, you know, over your time in your career you put a lot of deposits in the bank and build trust by doing that,” Seibold said.
“He’s been a high performer at this level for a long period of time. You can understand he’s got a fair few deposits in the bank.
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“Now last year had a few withdrawals, he wasn’t at his best at different times but he’s still got plenty of money in the bank.”
The Broncos will be led by young lock Patrick Carrigan on Saturday, with Alex Glenn still battling a hamstring injury.
While Seibold expects Glenn to be fit to face the Cowboys, he says he won’t be risking the 31-year-old if he’s not 100 per cent.
“We won’t make any hasty decisions because it’s round one. As you guys all know, the rugby league season – the NRL season – is a marathon, not a sprint,” Seibold said.
Corey Oates had a poor 2019 by his own high standards.Source:Getty Images
“If he’s touch and go for round one we certainly won’t be pushing him for it, that’s for sure.”
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