Infotainment Factory: Tallis roasts Broncos in brutal spray

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Sunday, 7 April 2019

Tallis roasts Broncos in brutal spray


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Broncos great Gorden Tallis has put the blowtorch on his old club, claiming the current crop of players have big egos with no trophies to back them up.

In a searing spray, Tallis also slammed Brisbane for snubbing fellow Broncos legend Kevin Walters as coach, and claimed that the club was under the control of powerful player agent Isaac Moses.

“You’re worried, because when I was a 15-year-old kid, that’s the only club that you wanted to play for in Queensland and I feel for it now,” Tallis said on Triple M, after Brisbane lost to the Roosters 36-4 in Round 4.

“It’s not the club that I played for. Because there was winners there, there was people that respected the people that walked before us, and I knew everybody that had played there.

“We’ve known who has worn [the jersey] in the past, and I don’t think that it’s happening there [Brisbane].

“That used to be a club, we’d train out of a dirty old gym … It was called the Cyril Connell Wing or whatever and we used to go and train our butts off.

“They’ve got a $27 million facility that they all sit there and have coffees, and they all walk around the town like they own the place. They own nothing. They’ve won nothing.

“A couple of my old teammates went to the 30th anniversary and all the highlights that they showed were the old teams from the ‘90s, because they can’t show anything of this current crop of guys.”

Tallis insisted that Walters, who won five premierships with the Broncos, should have had the opportunity to coach the club. The former second-rower claimed that Walters had a handshake agreement to take over from Wayne Bennett, before Anthony Seibold was chosen instead.

“Kevin Walters … should be coaching the club, bar nobody else second,” Tallis said.

“Whether Kevvy Walters was good enough for the job, I think he [should have] had a chance to go there and fail. He’s been sitting in the wings. He was good enough twice to get them to grand finals [as an assistant]. The only time [Anthony] Milford’s played good is when he was there.

“But he’s not good enough – but he’s good enough to coach our greatest side, which is Queensland. Our most important side that runs out of Queensland, State of Origin, he was good enough there.

“They think he’s a joker; he sacked 10 people [sic] after breaking curfew [in Origin]. That’s a bloke that’s got some intestinal fortitude there.

“And I think the club paid no respect to the people in the past. And from what I’m hearing, there was a handshake. They shook Kevvy Walters’ hand and said he was going to be the coach. That’s the disappointing thing about it.”

Tallis claimed that leading agent Moses, who represents both Seibold and Walters, had excessive influence at the club thanks to also managing a raft of Broncos players (though his client list there is believed to be slightly shorter than Tallis claims). There is no suggestion that Moses has acted improperly.

“One manager’s got 18 players in there. The last time he did that was at the Tigers,” Tallis said, referring to the 2017 ‘Big Four’ scenario where Wests Tigers retained only Luke Brooks but lost James Tedesco, Aaron Woods and Mitchell Moses. Isaac Moses managed all four players.

“So at the moment, he [Isaac Moses] runs that club. Not [chief executive] Paul White. No one runs that club except for him, because he’s got 18 players and the coach.”

Broncos great Gorden Tallis has put the blowtorch on his old club, claiming the current crop of players have big egos with no trophies to back them up.

In a searing spray, Tallis also slammed Brisbane for snubbing fellow Broncos legend Kevin Walters as coach, and claimed that the club was under the control of powerful player agent Isaac Moses.

“You’re worried, because when I was a 15-year-old kid, that’s the only club that you wanted to play for in Queensland and I feel for it now,” Tallis said on Triple M, after Brisbane lost to the Roosters 36-4 in Round 4.

“It’s not the club that I played for. Because there was winners there, there was people that respected the people that walked before us, and I knew everybody that had played there.

“We’ve known who has worn [the jersey] in the past, and I don’t think that it’s happening there [Brisbane].

“That used to be a club, we’d train out of a dirty old gym … It was called the Cyril Connell Wing or whatever and we used to go and train our butts off.

“They’ve got a $27 million facility that they all sit there and have coffees, and they all walk around the town like they own the place. They own nothing. They’ve won nothing.

“A couple of my old teammates went to the 30th anniversary and all the highlights that they showed were the old teams from the ‘90s, because they can’t show anything of this current crop of guys.”

Tallis insisted that Walters, who won five premierships with the Broncos, should have had the opportunity to coach the club. The former second-rower claimed that Walters had a handshake agreement to take over from Wayne Bennett, before Anthony Seibold was chosen instead.

“Kevin Walters … should be coaching the club, bar nobody else second,” Tallis said.

“Whether Kevvy Walters was good enough for the job, I think he [should have] had a chance to go there and fail. He’s been sitting in the wings. He was good enough twice to get them to grand finals [as an assistant]. The only time [Anthony] Milford’s played good is when he was there.

“But he’s not good enough – but he’s good enough to coach our greatest side, which is Queensland. Our most important side that runs out of Queensland, State of Origin, he was good enough there.

“They think he’s a joker; he sacked 10 people [sic] after breaking curfew [in Origin]. That’s a bloke that’s got some intestinal fortitude there.

“And I think the club paid no respect to the people in the past. And from what I’m hearing, there was a handshake. They shook Kevvy Walters’ hand and said he was going to be the coach. That’s the disappointing thing about it.”

Tallis claimed that leading agent Moses, who represents both Seibold and Walters, had excessive influence at the club thanks to also managing a raft of Broncos players (though his client list there is believed to be slightly shorter than Tallis claims). There is no suggestion that Moses has acted improperly.

“One manager’s got 18 players in there. The last time he did that was at the Tigers,” Tallis said, referring to the 2017 ‘Big Four’ scenario where Wests Tigers retained only Luke Brooks but lost James Tedesco, Aaron Woods and Mitchell Moses. Isaac Moses managed all four players.

“So at the moment, he [Isaac Moses] runs that club. Not [chief executive] Paul White. No one runs that club except for him, because he’s got 18 players and the coach.”

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