McGuire Looking Forward To Packing Down With Kennedy

Brisbane - Josh McGuireBy STEVE MASCORD

BRISBANE giant Josh McGuire says he’s looking forward to linking with his Australian Prime Minister’s XIII team-mate Martin Kennedy at Red Hill next season.

News that Sydney Rooster Kennedy had been released to join the Broncos broke on the eve of the 18-16 win by Anthony Griffin’s side at 1300smiles Stadium on Saturday.

And even though McGuire says there’s already plenty of competition for front row spots at the club, he welcomes the news.

“He’s a good player, he’s a big fella and he’ll be a good addition to the club,” McGuire tells League Week.

“I’ll be excited to strap on some boots with him next year and hopefully it’s going to be a good tussle next year for front row spots which is always welcome. As long as we have some quality players coming to the club, it’s a bonus.

“I’ve met Marty through Prime Minister’s XIII and Emerging Origin camps. He’s a big man and he’s hard to handle.”

The Broncos’ front row stocks should be boosted in the more immediate future with the return from a calf injury of international Ben Hannant. Brisbane can only afford to drop one more match in the run to the finals.

“I feel really bad for Benny, I know what he’s going through,” said McGuire, whose had his own calf problems in recent times.

“You think you’re right, you start running again, and you get a niggle again. It’s one of those things you can’t risk because if you do it again, it’s just such a big period out. I hope he gets back because we really miss him.

“I’ve got no advice for Benny. He’s the old dog, he’s been doing this for a long time.”

Despite an indifferent season, confidence is high that the Broncos are poised for a rails run to the play-offs.

“It’s one down and few more to go … we refused to lose (on Saturday),” the Samoan international said.

“We’ve just got to keep on winning and get our heads around it. It’s just baby steps. We’ll take it week by week and hopefully we can get the job done.

“It’s the little things we haven’t been finishing off – the kick-chase and the fundamentals. We haven’t been winning the ruck as much as we should have, early in the year but we’re starting to play some good footy.

“We don’t want to dwell on what’s happened in the past. Each week, in my opinion, we’re just getting better and playing some better footy.”

Asked about the possibility of playing for Samoa in the World Cup, McGuire said: “I don’t even know what I’m doing tomorrow. I’m just playing footy for the Broncos at the moment and all my energy and all my desire is for the Broncos. “

Filed for: RUGBY LEAGUE WEEK

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