Although his NRL career is over, the tributes are flowing for star player Darren Lockyer.
Today the former Broncos skipper was honoured by having a section of the Warrego Highway, west of Brisbane, named after him.
Kieran Rooney reports
He will soon have a bronze statue in his image but today Darren Lockyer received a more flesh-and-blood form of recognition.
This 85km strip on the Warrego Highway, now known as Darren Lockyer Way, carries special significance to the player.
Paul Pisasale. Ipswich Mayor: “This is the road that not only goes through the Lockyer Valley but also the road that Darren travelled, all the time, in regards to
his football career.”
Members from both state and local government came to honour his many contributions.
Craig Wallace, Minister for Main Roads: “Darren you’re a great ambassador for the game and a great ambassador for Queensland.”
But Darren Lockyer Way has a chequered past, and many are hoping the new name will help raise awareness about road safety.
Vox 1: “It’s a pretty crazy location this one here and it’s probably a good one because people will stop and think as they come through it and give it a slow down.”
Darren Lockyer, former Broncos Captain: “If I’ve got a message to anyone that’s on any road, it’s to don’t speed and stay safe and that’s all you can do.”
And Lockyer says he isn’t done with Rugby League just yet.
He’s been cleared by his doctor to captain the Kangaroos in the coming months.
Darren Lockyer, former Broncos Captain: “I think in light of how the Broncos season finished and how it finished for me, I feel like I’ve got a bit left in the tank and I’m hoping to use all that energy in the four nations.”
With a season finish to be remembered, Lockyer’s legacy is sure to last.
Kieran Rooney, QUT News.