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Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Frustrated Seibold gets narky over Roberts questions


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A frustrated Broncos coach Anthony Seibold has shut down reporters over persistent questioning over his relationship with centre James Roberts.

The Blues incumbent was omitted from the Broncos team last week, and won’t play in the Queensland Cup this week for Wynnum Manly for their clash in Papua New Guinea because of visa issues.

And despite Jack Bird's season ending knee injury and Roberts being available for selection this week, Seibold has opted for three-game youngster Gehamat Shibasaki, instead of Roberts, to line up against star centre Latrell Mitchell in Friday's clash with ladder leaders Sydney Roosters.

Seibold was in no mood to justify his selection on Thursday when asked if Roberts' omission was personal.

"I am not going to answer any more questions (about Roberts). I have answered three or four times now over the last four press conferences," Seibold said.

"There's no lack of feedback. There hasn't been a falling out. I just think at the moment James has got to work on some areas of his game."

But asked what areas Roberts had to fix, Seibold said: "That sort of stuff stays in house, I am not going into specifics.

"I am not going to sit here and justify my decisions and selections any further."

Seibold only said Roberts had to train hard and play well for their feeder club, Queensland Cup side Wynnum.

Seibold confirmed Roberts would remain in Brisbane while the Queensland Cup team flew out to PNG and continue training at Red Hill.

Roberts' career appears in limbo after going from incumbent NSW player to Brisbane's fourth ranked centre in a matter of weeks.

Roberts - not off contract until 2021 - appears to have no choice but to fight his way back into the side after NRL rivals South Sydney ruled out signing the speedster.

But Seibold insisted Roberts was still in the selection mix.

"There's no other avenue for Jimmy to get back in the team other than to train and play well but he's a quality player - the door is not shut on Jimmy," he said.

"I just think Gehamat Shibasaki and (fellow starting centre) Kotoni Staggs deserve their opportunity."

A frustrated Broncos coach Anthony Seibold has shut down reporters over persistent questioning over his relationship with centre James Roberts.

The Blues incumbent was omitted from the Broncos team last week, and won’t play in the Queensland Cup this week for Wynnum Manly for their clash in Papua New Guinea because of visa issues.

And despite Jack Bird's season ending knee injury and Roberts being available for selection this week, Seibold has opted for three-game youngster Gehamat Shibasaki, instead of Roberts, to line up against star centre Latrell Mitchell in Friday's clash with ladder leaders Sydney Roosters.

Seibold was in no mood to justify his selection on Thursday when asked if Roberts' omission was personal.

"I am not going to answer any more questions (about Roberts). I have answered three or four times now over the last four press conferences," Seibold said.

"There's no lack of feedback. There hasn't been a falling out. I just think at the moment James has got to work on some areas of his game."

But asked what areas Roberts had to fix, Seibold said: "That sort of stuff stays in house, I am not going into specifics.

"I am not going to sit here and justify my decisions and selections any further."

Seibold only said Roberts had to train hard and play well for their feeder club, Queensland Cup side Wynnum.

Seibold confirmed Roberts would remain in Brisbane while the Queensland Cup team flew out to PNG and continue training at Red Hill.

Roberts' career appears in limbo after going from incumbent NSW player to Brisbane's fourth ranked centre in a matter of weeks.

Roberts - not off contract until 2021 - appears to have no choice but to fight his way back into the side after NRL rivals South Sydney ruled out signing the speedster.

But Seibold insisted Roberts was still in the selection mix.

"There's no other avenue for Jimmy to get back in the team other than to train and play well but he's a quality player - the door is not shut on Jimmy," he said.

"I just think Gehamat Shibasaki and (fellow starting centre) Kotoni Staggs deserve their opportunity."

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