Tevita Pangai Jr is a bit of a unit.
Tevita Pangai Jr is a bit of a unit.

Monsters Inc: Broncos packing a punch re-signings

Welcome to Monsters Inc. This week's re-signing of forwards Tevita Pangai Jr and Matt Lodge means new Broncos boss Anthony Seibold has a giant pack at his disposal in 2019 and beyond.

They are big, fast, strong and young. And they form the cornerstone of the club's tilt for more grand final glory.

 

Pangai Jr, Lodge, David Fifita, Payne Haas, Joe Ofahengaue and Jaydn Su'A have the likes of Patrick Mago, Andre Savelio, George Fai, Patrick Carrigan and Myles Taueli behind them and they are all hungry for an opportunity.

It's no wonder Wayne Bennett did not want to leave.

On top of the steady production line of hulking metre-eaters, Brisbane will also welcome back Test and Origin star Matt Gillett who missed most of 2018 through injury.

Before he was sidelined, Gillett was regarded as arguably the best forward in the world and his return will give the Broncos pack invaluable class and experience along with fellow veterans Andrew McCullough and Alex Glenn.

Josh McGuire at North Queensland Cowboys training.
Josh McGuire at North Queensland Cowboys training.

The shock departure of Kangaroos and Maroons forward Josh McGuire may leave a hole given his enormous workrate.

But his switch to North Queensland freed up a big chunk of cash that Brisbane is using to retain its forward pack of the future.

Pangai Jr only re-signed for 2019 leaving him open to a raid from Bunny Benny but Brisbane is confident it can secure him on a long-term deal.

Lodge, 23, signed a two-year deal and is eager to repay the faith shown in him by the Broncos organisation as a whole.

Bennett made a thinly veiled threat to Broncos bosses during the coaching saga of 2018 that players could follow him to Souths.

But that supposed exodus is not going to happen. The flood is not even a trickle.

Matt Lodge. Also a fair unit.
Matt Lodge. Also a fair unit.

So Seibold is the envy of most NRL coaches because he has a pack that you would hate to face and hate to have to feed.

Size counts in the NRL and you cannot throw your hat into the ring as a genuine premiership contender without genuine forward depth.

Brisbane have both with their barrage of big boppers. You need a lot of luck with injuries and some decent halves and class out wide too but the foundation is there.

Payne Haas. Unit.
Payne Haas. Unit.

TRY THIS ON FOR SIZE:

Tevita Pangai Jr - 190cm, 113kg, 22yo

Payne Haas - 194cm, 119kg, 19yo

David Fifita - 186cm, 107kg, 18yo

Jaydn Su'A - 188cm, 100kg, 21yo

Matt Lodge - 191cm, 121kg, 23yo

Joe Ofahengaue - 190cm, 113kg, 23yo

Patrick Mago - 187cm, 113kg, 24yo

George Fai - 187cm, 111kg, 22yo

Andre Savelio - 188cm, 108kg, 23yo

Patrick Carrigan - 190cm, 104kg, 20yo

Myles Taueli - 195cm, 104kg, 23yo

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