Darius Boyd won’t wear the No.1 jersey again, says Lockyer


Lockyer, a Broncos board member, said Boyd would not wear the No.1 again but didn’t rule out another move before he retires, saying he could end up at centre.

“Darius is improving with every game in the five-eighth role, Milford is doing his job at fullback,” Lockyer told the Sunday Footy Show.

“But I think as he gets more time in that role he’ll find more spark.

Asked where Boyd will play out his career, Lockyer said: “Six or the centres, in the front-line anyway.

“I just don’t know whether the athleticism of Darius is there in the fullback role.


“When you’re playing fullback now, you need that spark with your running game. He’s at five-eighth now, he may end up in the centres. That’s where he’s best suited.”

Boyd is contracted to the Broncos until the end of 2020 but also has an option in his favour for a further season.

He this week said he felt up to playing on next year and possibly beyond, with the Broncos’ premiership window appearing to be wide open thanks to their dynamic young pack.

Lockyer raised the prospect of Boyd shifting to the outside backs despite the club having marquee centre Jack Bird and Kotoni Staggs, who has been touted as a future NSW State of Origin representative, on their books.

With Boyd’s time in the NRL winding down, Lockyer said back-rower Matt Gillett was the man likely to inherit the captaincy when he bows out.

“[Boyd] is signed for this year and next year,” Lockyer said.

“Going to the front-line is where he will stay. What he wants to do beyond that, no one really knows.

“If Darius wasn’t there past next year, Matt Gillett’s probably the next in line [as captain].”

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