Broncos on brink of implosion: Tallis

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Gorden Tallis has warned Brisbane is on the brink of imploding, claiming senior Broncos management are not supporting new NRL coach Kevin Walters.

Tallis on Sunday made the stunning claims on Sydney radio, after stating that a players' day at the races with Brisbane old boys had been cancelled by management.

The Broncos legend also revealed he believed that Brisbane officials had not wanted to appoint Walters as coach, and now had "sour grapes".

Brisbane were quick to point out on Sunday that players had a sponsors' commitment with major partner Kia, where players did a meet and greet with fans.

That came on top of a recovery session, following Friday night's loss to Gold Coast.

It's also unclear if Walters was directly involved in arranging the get-together with the former players, which appeared to have been informally organised.

But regardless, Tallis claimed on Sunday that Walters was not getting the support he needed from management.

"I just watch this space because I think it's going to implode," Tallis told Triple M.

"They need to give him (Walters) full reins and support him. If he is the coach there he can't be getting blocked with the things he wants to do.

"If he wants to set the culture and the standards, it's got to be Kevvie's club.

"We were supposed to have a race day yesterday, all the old boys to go with the young guys, get around them and talk to them.

"They are young and try and help them get an older head on a younger person's body. But it got cancelled by the people above Kevvie."

Tallis' comments are telling given he has been one of several Broncos legends invited back into the Brisbane fold by Walters, speaking to players in the pre-season.

It comes after former coach Anthony Seibold had a tough time with the club's old boys during his 20 months in charge.

The Broncos have lost their first two games under Walters, to slump to 13 straight defeats after losing their last 11 games in 2020.

Tallis claimed the chance to socialise with older players would have done the young Broncos the world of good, and something he soaked up as a player.

"It came from the management which shows that if Kevvie wants to take full control of this team, they have to give him full control of this team," Tallis said.

"The people above Kevvie need to support him.

"The recruitment officer is the one that signed them all. The chairman and CEO need to get behind him and give him the tools he needs to shine.

"I don't think they wanted him to get the job, I think it was just the pressure from everyone else.

"And I think it's a bit of sour grapes there. I think their hands were forced a bit. And I feel a bit for Kevvie."