Brisbane Broncos were one of the NRL’s most entertaining teams in 2023 and after falling just short in an epic Grand Final against Penrith Panthers they’ve sought help from Premier League club Tottenham Hotspurs.
Spurs aren’t exactly the go-to side when it comes to advice on lifting trophies considering that the team haven’t got their hands on silverware since 2008, however the Broncos boss Kev Walters has sought out the advice of their new coach in the pre-season.
That’s what the 9News Queensland down under have reported with Walters enlisting the help of fellow Australian and Spurs manager Ange Postecoglou, who is more accustomed to winning having lifted plenty of silverware with Scottish club Celtic.
9News have revealed that whilst on a ‘working holiday’ in England Walters connected with Postecoglou, Walters having spoke with the news outlet regarding his chats with the Spurs boss.
“He’s been very successful in his early days at Tottenham so it was just nice to link back up with him again and just have a good conversation about not only footy, but just life in general,” Walters told 9News Queensland.
“He’s a great fella and obviously a very good coach as well.”
Spurs had been leading the Premier League title race earlier in the year but have since picked up just one point from twelve causing them to slip from top spot.
Walters explained their prior history, adding: “When I was at the Storm working there as an assistant and he was coaching the [Melbourne] Victory and they were quite successful there. We were just re-linking old friendships.
“We just want to get better as a club and certainly myself as a coach as well.
“If I can get better that means the club will get better and our players will keep improving, which is what we need to do.”
Brisbane came so close to beating Penrith in the Grand Final earlier this year, Ezra Mam putting on a show to give them the lead only to be upstaged by Nathan Cleary who had a masterful and near flawless final 20 minutes to allow the Panthers to win their third title in a row.
The Broncos will go again in 2024 but without England international Herbie Farnworth who has left for fellow Brisbane-based side Dolphins, coached by Wayne Bennett.
Looking back on their 2023 campaign, Walters said: “It’s not really about making amends.
“I thought we had a terrific season, a very competitive season, the first in a long time for the Broncos.”