Veteran forward Alex Glenn will retain the Broncos captaincy for 2021 with the club confirming the news on Friday morning.
The 32-year-old got the nod over Anthony Milford, Ben Te’o and Payne Haas. Andrew McCullough was also in the mix before making the move to the Dragons.
Glenn seems the most logical option considering Haas has been embroiled in off-field controversy and Milford has struggled with form over the last two seasons.
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The announcement comes just in time for Glenn’s testimonial match on Saturday against the Cowboys at Dolphin stadium.
Glenn — who has played 267 NRL games for the Broncos since making his debut in 2009 — was honoured to accept the role.
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“It’s something I love – I feel like I didn’t really get the opportunity last year because I was injury-prone but I’m really grateful to be given another opportunity to lead this great club,” he said via a club statement.
“I’m going to help our team get the best results week-in, week-out and help my teammates be the best they can both on and off the field.
“I look at the captains who have led this club in the past and they are legends of the game – I don’t consider myself in their league but I just want to do everyone proud and lead by example on the field, that’s where I do my best work as captain.”
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Walters says Glenn’s experience and consistency earned him the role.
“Alex was Captain under trying circumstances last year and I think he did a great job – he has the experience and he has been a consistent player for the Broncos over a long period of time.
“He is one of our most experienced players and he understands what being a Bronco is about, and wearing that jersey and leading that team.
“We want all of our senior players and everyone who pulls that Broncos jersey to show the qualities that a real Broncos player shows, just like Alex Glenn does every game he plays.”
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A whopping 17 wickets fell in just over two sessions on day two as India was dismissed for 145, rolled England for 81, and then chased down 49 to win.
One ball turned, the next did not — and England was left utterly powerless to tame the unpredictable conditions in a contest that was entertaining but, ultimately, a bad look for Test cricket long-term.
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17-wickets fall within 59 overs!
While much of the post-Test commentary has been about the pitch — and rightly so — Pietersen didn’t want to make any excuses for either side.
“The batting from both teams was awful!” he tweeted. “The wicket wasn’t horrendous! It’s just that the batting was dreadful!
“21/30 wickets were from straight balls! Nothing dangerous!”
Right, here goes…!
The batting from both teams was awful! The wicket wasn’t horrendous! It’s just that the batting was dreadful!
21/30 wickets were from straight balls! Nothing dangerous!
That’s all! See you in india next week and I’m bringing my kit…my golf kit! 🕺🏽
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Former England captain Nasser Hussain said the conditions were poor, but said India found a way to better exploit them, while England can’t be excused for another woeful batting display.
“I don’t believe the Ahmedabad pitch provided a fair contest between bat and ball – but neither do I believe England can use that as an excuse for losing the third Test,” he wrote in a column for the Daily Mail.
“England ought to have been more alert to what (Axar) Patel was trying to do.
“You try to protect yourself from the danger delivery, and it felt as if England kept repeating the same mistake against Patel.”
He added: “The bottom line for England is that they won a good toss, and collapsed from 74 for two to 112 in their first innings. In the end, that’s what cost them the Test.”
Understandably, others couldn’t refrain from slamming the pitch that produced near-unplayable batting conditions.
“Entertaining .. YES .. but this is an awful pitch for Test cricket .. !!!! Complete lottery on day 2 !!” Michael Vaughan tweeted.
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Entertaining .. YES .. but this is a awful pitch for Test cricket .. !!!! Complete lottery on day 2 !! #INDvENG
Former England international and commentator David Lloyd echoed Vaughan’s sentiments, and warned that there could be “huge ramifications” for Test cricket.
He wrote for the Daily Mail: “I’m really not bothered who wins when it’s a lottery like this. It’s just not a contest.
“Yes, techniques have been poor but if this pitch is acceptable to the ICC and there’s more of this there will be huge ramifications for world Test cricket.
“Boards make the bulk of their revenue from the length of play, certainly in England. Short Tests are a financial disaster.”
Sky Sports pundit Rob Key said the Test was entertaining, but the pitch was “not fit for Test cricket”.
“People can say we are moaning because we are England fans and we want them to do well but this does not stack up against what you are meant to do to prepare a surface for Test cricket,” he wrote.
“If we want to see cricket that is over quickly and every ball is an event – going out of the park or getting a wicket – then we have got T20 cricket. That’s what The Hundred is going to be there for. This is Test cricket; it should not be this extreme.”
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‘WHY ARE WE ROTATING?’
Meanwhile, England’s rotation policy once again came under fire after the two players who likely would have been its biggest weapons in Ahmedabad — Dom Bess and Moeen Ali — didn’t play.
Bess was taken out for an extra seamer while Ali was granted leave from the tour to spend time with his family back in England.
Ian Bell said England was guilty of looking too far ahead and planning its squad for the Ashes when greater focus needs to be on the India series.
“This is bigger than the Ashes, this is probably as big as the Ashes, why are we rotating in one of the biggest Test series you can play in?” he said.
“For me that’s where I think we need to be honest and say we got that a little bit wrong.”
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News Corp Australia has denied making and breaking prime ministers, having “racism as a business model” and running campaigns of “character assassination”.
News Corp group executive Campbell Reid says “it’s not character assassination to closely examine the actions of people in public life”
Former prime minister Kevin Rudd says the “Fox News-isation” of the Australian media was well under way
News Corp executive chairman Michael Miller said Mr Rudd was making false claims about News Corp exercising a monopoly and undue influence in Australia
“Democracy is messy, it is a work in progress and relies on the robust exchange of news, views and opinions,” executive chairman Michael Miller said on Friday to a parliamentary inquiry into media diversity.
When quizzed by committee chairwoman Senator Sarah Hanson-Young about “Dictator Dan” headlines during Victoria’s five-month lockdown, Mr Miller said: “We ask tough questions.”
“[Premier Dan Andrews] was telling Victorians how to live and they weren’t happy about it,” Mr Miller said.
Fellow witness, News Corp corporate affairs, policy and government group executive Campbell Reid, said: “It’s not character assassination to closely examine the actions of people in public life.”
Mr Miller said agreements with Google announced this week, and News Corp’s own global deal with the tech giant, will support news producers and diverse audiences amid the “digital revolution”.
He urged the committee to “push back at those who want to see it through the prism of days gone by”.
Former prime minister Kevin Rudd was the first witness on Friday and called for Australians to resist the Murdoch media empire “culture of fear” and the emerging monopolies of Google and Facebook.
Proposed media bargaining laws simply entrench the power and reach of the “Murdoch mob”, he warned.
He said more than half a million people had signed a petition calling for a royal commission into the issue, because they knew “something was crook”.
Mr Rudd admitted he was “fearful” of News Corp while prime minister.
“When did I stop being fearful? Probably when I walked out of the building in 2013,” he said.
The “Fox News-isation” of the Australian media was well underway thanks to Sky News Australia breeding climate change denialism and encouraging far-right political extremism, Mr Rudd said.
“The Murdoch media empire has campaigned viciously against one side of politics,” he said, also calling out the “misogyny” and “ditch the witch” imagery used during Julia Gillard’s prime ministership.
Mr Miller said Mr Rudd was making false claims about News Corp exercising a monopoly and undue influence in Australia.
“He has misled you,” he told the committee.
Media leaders back Google, Facebook code
Mr Miller said the full impact of Facebook’s move on Thursday to block news access and sharing in Australia was yet to be understood.
“The door is still open for Facebook,” he said, as Treasurer Josh Frydenberg tried for a workable law that includes Facebook.
Now backed by philanthropists after its media owners sold out last year, Australian Associated Press chief executive Emma Cowdroy, chairwoman Jonty Low and editor Andrew Drummond said one of the most efficient ways of supporting media diversity was to ensure the national newswire was properly resourced.
The competition watchdog, which is keeping a watching brief on AAP’s former owners, says its two key concerns about diversity are the impact of tech giants Google and Facebook and ensuring the viability of an independent national newswire.
“I am personally delighted that the AAP newswire has survived,” Mr Miller said.
He said the service was “by nature independent”, unlike News Corp Australia’s new centralised newswire.
Nine chief executive Hugh Marks also called for the government to stick to its plan to legislate the media bargaining code and rejected Mr Rudd’s call for a royal commission.
But he was concerned about Facebook’s decision to limit Australians’ access to news.
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Northern Territory politicians are hopeful Liberal MP Kevin Andrews’ departure from federal politics may help the NT and ACT claw back the ability to make their own assisted dying laws.
Mr Andrews introduced the 1996 bill banning the ACT and NT from passing laws on voluntary euthanasia
There is support among NT politicians to overturn the legislation
But the Federal Government has no plans to repeal the bill
In 1996, Mr Andrews introduced a bill banning both territories from passing laws on voluntary euthanasia — legislation that still prevents the jurisdictions from doing so today.
Mr Andrews was ousted by his own party when he failed to secure preselection for his Victorian seat of Menzies on Sunday.
His eventual exit from Federal Parliament does not overturn the 1996 legislation, and a spokesman for Federal Attorney-General Christian Porter has said the Federal Government has no plans to repeal the law.
But NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner said Mr Andrews’ departure could mean more federal support for a bill restoring the territories’ rights.
“Hopefully with someone like Mr Andrews moving on, there will be less resistance or less blockage to the Northern Territory having that ability to make its own decisions again,” Mr Gunner said.
He said it was “absurd” the NT and ACT Governments were still without that power.
“Territorians should have the ability to make that decision for themselves, especially as we have seen other jurisdictions make that decision,” Mr Gunner said.
‘We’ve still got a battle’
Former chief minister Marshall Perron, who in 1995 put forward the bill to legalise voluntary euthanasia in the Northern Territory, was not convinced Mr Andrews’ preselection loss would spark immediate change.
“We still got a battle on our hands,” he said.
“We’ve got to convince enough federal politicians that this is an issue.”
With voluntary assisted dying laws set to be debated in Queensland and Tasmania this year and a bill already tabled in South Australia’s Parliament, Mr Perron said the territories’ right to vote on assisted dying should be in focus.
“This has simply got to be addressed,” he said.
All four of the Territory’s federal representatives want the NT to be able to make its own laws on assisted dying, including the Labor MP for Solomon, Luke Gosling.
Mr Gosling, a practising Catholic, does not personally support voluntary euthanasia but says he wants the NT to be able to vote on the issue for itself.
“Repealing the Andrews bill isn’t about euthanasia per se, but the ability of the Northern Territory to make laws about issues that matter to Territorians,” he said.
Even if the NT was granted the right to decide for itself on assisted dying, it would likely remain a contentious issue.
The Australian Medical Association, for example, has a policy position against physician-assisted dying and is instead calling for increased palliative care funding.
Limited support to repeal Andrews bill
Mr Gosling was elected in 2016 and, in his first term, introduced a private member’s bill to give the NT the power to vote on assisted dying.
This bill lapsed as the parliamentary term ended, and the Labor MP said although he did not have the numbers to overturn the Andrews bill now, the “fight wasn’t over”.
“I was able to get that support in the previous parliament, but I don’t have that support at the moment,” he said.
The Labor MP says he is canvassing support from other federal representatives for a bill restoring the territories’ rights.
Scott Morrison’s office was asked if the Prime Minister would support such a bill, but he declined to comment.
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Former special forces commando Keith Wolahan has rejected suggestions he is a “moderate”, a day after unseating Liberal Party stalwart Kevin Andrews in the Melbourne seat of Menzies.
Mr Wolahan’s win is the first time a sitting Victorian Liberal MP has been ousted by members in more than 20 years
Senior Liberal Party figures have rejected suggestions the result reflected negatively on Mr Andrews
Mr Wolahan says serving his country in the special forces is one of the “most significant things I’ve done in my life”
Mr Wolahan on Sunday won preselection for the federal seat that Mr Andrews — one of the Liberal Party’s most socially conservative stalwarts — had held since 1991.
Despite holding some different views to his predecessor — Mr Wolahan voted for marriage equality in the 2017 plebiscite — he rejects suggestions he is a moderate.
However, his win is seen as a blow for party conservatives, as Mr Andrews had the support of Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.
A ‘generational change’ for the Liberal Party
Monash University politics lecturer Zareh Ghazarian said Mr Wolahan’s preselection marked a “generational change” for Victoria’s Liberal Party.
“It’s rare for sitting MPs to not retain their seat,” Mr Ghazarian said.
“The decision to select a new candidate in Keith Wolahan potentially will impact the future direction of the party in the state.”
Mr Wolahan dismissed suggestions he was out of step with the party leadership and characterised their support for Mr Andrews as a show of loyalty for a longtime colleague.
“The Prime Minister and his colleagues backed Kevin because they’re colleagues, that’s what they do,” Mr Wolahan said.
He said the Government’s “cautious rollout” of the coronavirus vaccine was “appropriate”, and the Prime Minister had “the balance right” on climate change.
Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar said Mr Wolahan’s preselection was an indication that local party members were ready for change, rather than a negative assessment of Mr Andrews’ track record.
“I don’t think after a 30-year career I would look at the decision of the preselectors as anything other than it’s time for renewal in that seat,” Mr Sukkar said.
Vote a ‘wonderful exercise of democracy’
Mr Wolahan won Sunday’s vote of Liberal Party members by a clear margin of 181 to 111, including a “handful” of votes cast by Australian Defence Force (ADF) veterans.
He denied any suggestions of branch stacking, but said around 20 former ADF colleagues were waiting outside the party room as he emerged as the victor.
It was the first time a sitting Victorian Liberal MP had been ousted by their members in more than 20 years.
However, his victory, though noteworthy, doesn’t top Mr Wolahan’s list of lifetime achievements.
A veteran of three tours of Afghanistan, Mr Wolahan was awarded a Commendation for Distinguished Service for his performance of duty in action with the ADF in 2009 and 2010.
Mr Wolahan described Sunday’s vote as a “wonderful exercise of democracy”.
“There was no dirt sheet, there were no smears, there were just decent people, hearing the arguments and then quietly exercising their vote in a secret ballot,” he said.
In response to questioning about his leadership ambitions, he demurred.
“I’m just a candidate, I’m not even a parliamentarian, so I have to earn the trust of the people of Menzies, then I’m off to the right start,” he said.
“I won’t be getting ahead of myself.”
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Trump faces a US Senate trial next month after the House impeached him on January 13 on a charge of inciting insurrection stemming from his incendiary speech to supporters before they stormed the Capitol. He has falsely claimed that the November 3 election he lost to Democrat Joe Biden was “rigged.”
Advisers say Trump has talked recently about forming an alternative to the Republican Party, the Patriot Party, which could have disastrous effects for Republicans in elections to come if it were to happen.
But a statement issued by Trump’s “Save America PAC” about the Trump-McCarthy meeting suggested Trump had set aside for now the idea of forming a new party. It said they focused on the goal of Republicans taking control of the House in the 2022 elections.
“President Trump has agreed to work with Leader McCarthy on helping the Republican Party to become a majority in the House,” Save America said in a statement.
It added that the meeting “was a very good and cordial one.“
Republicans picked up House seats in last November’s election, reducing Democrats’ majority in the chamber to a 221-211 margin.
McCarthy said in a statement that Trump had committed to electing Republicans in the House and Senate in 2022 and criticised Democrats for “impeaching a president who is now a private citizen.“
“A united conservative movement will strengthen the bonds of our citizens and uphold the freedoms our country was founded on,” he said.
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Bling Empire has provided some seriously unreal reality TV moments.
Between a penis pump being thrown out a window to a child being the reincarnation of their late grandmother to a cross country hunt for a biological father, Netflix’s new reality show is one we couldn’t turn off.
Of course, with so many wild TV moments packed into one season, fans have wondered if Bling Empire is scripted. Thus, during our exclusive chat with Kevin Kreider, we asked the model to reveal how real this reality show is.
His answer: “To me, it’s 100 percent.”
Wanting to only speak to his own filming experience, Kevin made it clear that fans are witnessing his real life.
“I know for what I went through, that was so real,” Kevin told E! News. “I even talked to the producers, and I said, ‘Does this happen often in reality?’ They said they pray for stuff like this because it’s gold. It’s real.”
Continuing on this point, Kevin highlighted that production was “documenting real-life stuff.”
Young gun Brisbane Broncos centre Kotoni Staggs will test his value on the NRL’s open market next week with rival clubs tipped to need in excess of $700,000 a season to convince him to leave Red Hill.
Staggs, 22, is regarded among the most damaging young centres in the NRL and was consistently one of the Broncos’ best players despite a lean 2020 for the club.
The Broncos centre is expected to be ruled out until at least Round 10 this year after undergoing off-season surgery on an ACL injury sustained in Round 20 last year.
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But the injury issue won’t stop rival NRL clubs from pitching to convince free agent Staggs to sign with them for 2022.
Staggs’ agent, Isaac Moses, has emailed clubs asking them to signal interest in speaking with the Broncos centre via Zoom next week.
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Moses is set to be deregistered by the NRL but is still allowed to go about business as usual until the NRL Appeals Tribunal hands down a final verdict on how long he is rubbed out for.
To convince Staggs to even consider leaving the Broncos, rival clubs are expected to need to offer in excess of $700,000 per season.
Staggs was signed by the Broncos as a teenager playing for Wellington in country NSW and scored 10 tries in 14 NRL appearances last year to be Brisbane’s top tryscorer.
New Brisbane coach Kevin Walters views the X-factor centre as a huge part of the Broncos plans beyond this season and aims to retain the Wellington junior.
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“Kotoni was probably the Broncos best player last season and we certainly see him as being a crucial part of our future plans at Brisbane,” Walters said.
“We understand players may want to test their value on the market but we’re also very confident with what the Broncos can offer as a club.”
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As always, Staggs isn’t the only young gun player on the Broncos’ roster who has caught the attention of rival clubs.
Xavier Coates handled the State of Origin arena on debut for Queensland last year and has already met with Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy and new Nroth Queensland coach Todd Payten about 2022.
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The Gold Coast Titans have also recently expressed an interest in signing Coates.
Then there is young gun backrowers Jordan Rikki – who made his NRL debut last year – and Brendan Piakura, both guaranteed to be heavily targeted by rival clubs.
Walters told Fox Sports the Broncos will be fighting hard to retain their young gun talent.
“We want to keep all of them,” the Broncos coach said.
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With just under two months to go until the 2021 season kicks off, teams are starting to take shape.
Some players face the challenge of a positional switch while new recruits focus on locking down a starting spot at their new club.
Now is the time for a coach to experiment with his team to find the strongest combinations and further develop new skills amongst their squads. That’s exactly what the likes of Broncos coach Kevin Walters and Dragons coach Anthony Griffin are doing.
Meanwhile, with Cameron Smith not attending pre-season training, life without the legendary skipper has started to set in… but who will have the little ‘c’ next to their name now?
Read on for the latest around the grounds teams update in our Pre-season Diary.
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KEVVIE LOOKS FOR STAGGS’ REPLACEMENT
Walters faces the first half of his debut season at the helm without star centre Kotoni Staggs who isn’t expected to return from an ACL injury until Round 13.
Walters has already started preparations with shifting young gun Tesi Niu to the centres during pre-season.
Niu played six NRL games for Brisbane last season — four of those at fullback and two off the bench.
After impressing in those six games it was expected he’d inherit Darius Boyd’s No.1 jersey in 2021 however Staggs’ injury in the final round of last season has forced Walters to rethink things.
Niu stands at 177cm and weighs 90kg — it’s understood he’s bulked up over the off-season and is quite powerful in both attack and defence.
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Walters told Foxsports.com.au that although Niu will spend a lot of time at right centre during pre-season he’ll likely see some games at fullback too.
“He’ll be training in the centres and a bit of fullback — he’ll probably be used in both of those positions. It’s good for his development to train in different positions,” Walters said.
“That’s what pre-season is all about, to get them familiar with their positions and different situations that they find themselves in, both in defence and attack.
“He’s a guy with great athletic ability, so we’re very happy with his progress. Obviously he has a long way to go but very happy with what he’s been doing so far in our pre-season.”
“I feel he can be good in both positions. We see that with a lot of players where they can cover multiple positions and Tesi that style of player.
“Just for the moment we’re parking him in that right centre position — doesn’t mean he’s going to stay there — and we know he’s had some good games at fullback as well in the Intrust Super Cup. We’re happy to have him on board and we’re just working on those areas that he needs improving in.”
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Niu won’t be the only player to be tested in a new position. Walters says he’ll do that with more players throughout pre-season so he can both learn more about each player’s strengths and weaknesses and to determiner where they excel at.
“Yes (will shift more players around) because I’m a little bit unfamiliar with a lot of them and their skills so that’s what this time is about as well, letting them express themselves in different positions and letting all of the coaches and performance staff have a look at them in different scenarios across the field.”
Utility back Jamayne Isaako has been training at fullback. The 24-year-old had an injury scare at training on Wednesday, however Walters says it’s nothing to be worried about.
“He did it before Christmas as well, he just irked an old injury. It’s not anything dramatic, he might miss a few more days of training but we expect to see him back before too long.”
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Isaako was quiet last season — he only appeared 10 times for the Broncos. However, 2021 could be a different story with the 2018 Dally M Rookie of the Year springing to Walters’ mind first when asked who had really stood out during pre-season.
While Walters won’t give any hints on who will partner Anthony Milford in the halves he did mention that both candidates — Tom Deardan and Brodie Croft — have both impressed him at training.
As for the Broncos’ young but hugely talented forward pack, Tevita Pangai Junior “has been one of the better ones.”
Pangai Jnr had a tumultuous 2020 season. The 24-year-old was busted breaking the bubble while attending a barber shop opening. In August he was stood down without pay for the remainder of the season, and fined $30,000 by the NRL.
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BIRD PREPARES FOR POSITIONAL SWITCH
New Dragons recruit Jack Bird is keen to click the reset button on his career and it looks like that will involve a new position.
Bird was tipped to play lock in 2021 — a position he’s been keen to play ever since he first joined the Broncos in 2018 — however Wide World of Sports reports the 25-year-old has been training on an edge.
“Jack has the makings of a top back-rower. He may start the year in the backs but we see him as a very dangerous edge runner,” a Dragons source told WWOS.
STAR TITANS RECRUIT EYES NO.13 JERSEY
After signing back in 2019, premiership-winner Tino Fa’asuamaleaui is finally a Titan and the State of Origin star has his sights set on filling the void Jai Arrow has left.
Arrow was the Titans’ most impressive and consistent forwards. His departure has left the No.13 jersey up for grabs and Fa’asuamaleaui wants to make it his.
“There is a lot of competition here and it is good competition and I have still got to work hard to try and get that spot,” he told reporters on Tuesday.
“Obviously it is one of my goals to try and get that number thirteen (jersey).
“Especially coming a bit late in the pre-season I have got to go that extra length to try and seal that spot.
“My goal is to get that thirteen and he (Arrow) did a really good job there for years and I want to do a good job there too if I do get the jersey.
“I would be excited if I did.”
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LIFE AFTER CAPTAIN CAM
Ryan Papenhuyzen has backed the Bromwich brothers Kenny and Jesse to become the next Storm captains.
With Cameron Smith not attending Melbourne’s pre-season camp in Geelong, talk turned to who might become the next Storm skipper.
“The two that stand out are the Bromwich brothers,” Papenhuyzen said.
“They’ve been here for a while. They’re not going to lead like Cam, they’re going to lead like they are. Our whole group respects them. It’s about adjusting to other leadership styles.
“Kenny Bromwich is really calm and he strikes me as one of those people, it’s just that sort of aura and Kenny’s got that.
“There’s a few others but he really stands out.”
Meanwhile, Papenhuyzen revealed how impressed he was by the competition for places at fullback.
Nicho Hynes is Papenhuyzen’s established deputy, but the Storm No.1 said he liked what he saw from tribalist Michael Purcell, a winger or fullback nicknamed the ‘Kangaroo Catcher’.
“It’s pretty competitive with Nicho, he’s really talented,” Papenhuyzen added. “Little Purcs has come down from Brisbane and he’s an unbelievable talent. He reminds me of Josh Addo-Carr a bit.
“There’s a few other boys who don’t have a position but are willing to learn to play wing or fullback. Having them come into the squad has been refreshing and I’m able to share my experiences with them.”
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The James Harden saga ended on Wednesday when the Houston Rockets traded him to the Brooklyn Nets as part of a four-team trade, according to multiple reports.
James Harden will link up with former teammate Kevin Durant in Brooklyn
Harden was told not to train with Houston on Wednesday after he said the team was “not good enough”
Aussie guard Dante Exum will move from Cleveland to Houston as part of the multi-player trade deal
Earlier reports suggested the Philadelphia 76ers were preparing to trade Australian star Ben Simmons for Harden, before the Nets deal was announced.
The move sees Harden, 31, reunited with former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Kevin Durant. They played together for three seasons before Harden was dealt to the Rockets in 2013.
The trade comes one day after a disgruntled Harden went on a postgame rant following Tuesday’s 117-100 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
“I mean, this situation is crazy. It’s something that I don’t think can be fixed,” Harden said.
“We’re just not good enough — chemistry, talent-wise, just everything. And it was clear these last two games.
The Rockets told Harden not to attend Wednesday’s practice, with coach Stephen Silas saying it was “best for the group and for James”.
Harden has been upset with the Rockets since the departures of coach Mike D’Antoni and general manager Daryl Morey after last season.
An eight-time All-Star, Harden has three years, $133 million with a player option for the final season remaining on his current deal.
Harden is averaging 24.8 points per game — down from his career average of 25.2 — after reporting late to training camp. However, his assists are up to 10.4 per game from a career average of 6.3.
Harden has led the NBA in scoring in each of the past three seasons with averages of 30.4, 36.1 and 34.3.
Aussie Dante Exum switches as part of multi-player, multi-team deal
Australia’s Dante Exum will move from the Cleveland Cavaliers to Houston as part of the deal.
As well as Exum, Houston reportedly received guard Victor Oladipo from the Indiana Pacers and forward Rodions Kurucs of the Nets.
It also received three first-round draft picks from the Nets, one unprotected 2022 first-round pick from the Cleveland Cavaliers (via the Milwaukee Bucks) and the right to swap four first-round picks with the Nets.
Guard Caris LeVert and a second-round pick will go from the Nets to the Pacers, and centre Jarrett Allen and forward Taurean Prince go from Brooklyn to the Cavaliers with Cleveland sending a 2024 second-round pick to the Nets.
The first-round picks Houston received from the Nets are in 2022, 2024, 2026. The swaps are in 2021, 2023, 2025 and 2027.
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