Rugby League and the Broncos are gambling on a rising talent for their game against South Sydney. It will also be a big day for a club star.

Dominic Elsome reports.


It was training as usual for Broncos young gun Tom Dearden, but tomorrow will be anything but normal for the 18-year-old half back, who’ll make his debut against a strong Rabbitohs side in place of Kodi Nikorima who’s injured and off to the Warriors anyway.

Matt Lodge, Broncos Prop: “No, there’s no hard feelings, everyone knows that he’s got a good deal on the table I think. And it’s a decision that if a lot of people found themself (SIC) in, they’d probably do the same thing.”

His replacement is expected to make a big impression.

Dearden’s team mates were quick to praise the young half-back’s talent. The 18-year-old has incredible speed and confidence on the pitch, despite his young age.

Captain Darius Boyd said the young gun played well beyond his years.

Darius Boyd, Broncos Captain: “He does his extras, he works hard, and not only that he’s got all the talent and ability as well. Don’t want to put to much pressure on him, he is only 18, but in saying that he’s going to have a bright future in the NRL for sure.”

On another bright note the clash will be Darius Boyd’s 300th game and the first time the sides have faced off since coaches Wayne Bennett and Anthony Seibold swapped roles.

The Rabbitohs have started the season far better than the Broncos, and are currently sitting atop the NRL ladder.

Dominic Elsome, QUT News.