'Fabrication': Broncos coach rejects claims of internal strife

Broncos coach Anthony Seibold has rejected suggestions he's lost the Brisbane locker room. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Under-fire Brisbane coach Anthony Seibold says he is the right man to lead the Broncos and has rejected claims he has lost the dressing room.

But Seibold has asked frustrated fans to be patient as he plays "the long game", warning that the six-time NRL premiers may not be title contenders any time soon.

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Seibold is feeling the heat ahead of Saturday's NRL derby clash with Gold Coast after losing four straight and reports this week claiming he no longer had the players' backing.

The report said only two players came out in support when Seibold asked the team if they were behind him following their round five loss to Manly a fortnight ago.

Seibold laughed it off on Thursday.

"Nothing surprises me at the moment," he said.

"I'm from Rocky (Rockhampton) so I have a good sense of humour but that is a fabrication.

"It is what it is but the staff and players will say that never happened.

"I am not sure where the motivation for things like that come from but I will just roll with the punches."

Asked point blank if the players were behind him, Seibold replied: "Yeah, 100 per cent they are".

Seibold preaching patience for Broncos

Seibold said he was determined to reverse third-last Brisbane's fortunes but warned that would take time.

He said it was an approach rubber-stamped by Broncos chairman Karl Morris when Seibold was first handed the reins last year.

"He (Morris) gave me a five-year deal because he told me it's going to take a couple of years to sort out this roster," he said.

"I know I can coach. I haven't lost any belief in what we are trying to do but it's about the long game.

"Not everyone who is a Broncos old boy or in the media want the Broncos to play the long game.

"But the reality is we are in a salary cap era and the way the cap is governed and the way you have to recruit, retain and develop players, we are playing the long game."

But Seibold hoped Broncos fans wouldn't have to wait too long for their next victory.

"After losing four games of course you want to win," he said.

"I hate losing four times in a row. It is the second time it has happened to me as a head coach.

"(But) I have been there before, I know what needs to be done."

Meanwhile, Seibold confirmed young playmaker Tom Dearden would come off the bench against the Titans as support for veteran hooker Issac Luke after back-up No.9 Cory Paix (pectoral) was injured at training this week.