Matty Johns has taken aim at the Brisbane Broncos over the use of a club legend that has often baffled NRL fans.
The Broncos have been under the spotlight after a woeful five-game losing streak in 2020 with club legend Darren Lockyer putting up his hand this week to answer what has been going wrong.
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But former Knights five-eighth, Johns, has called into a question if whether the Broncos are getting the best use out of their staff.
Broncos supporters have come accustomed to the sight of Allan ‘Alfie’ Langer, one of the club’s greatest ever players, running drinks to the players during a game.
But Johns has pointed out the use of one of the game’s best ever No.7 as a runner doesn’t look right during the club’s struggles.
"The head coach gets all the blame and rightly so, but Anthony Seibold has got to have a look at the team he has put around him," Johns said on the Matty Johns Podcast.
"One of the things I don't get about the Broncos at the moment and the team around Seibold is that of all the blokes around him, you have got Allan Langer running the water.
"For me, that is not right. Now I understand Alf is going on the field and he is probably tipping blokes and things like that, but it doesn't look right to me. In my opinion, that is beneath Alf."
Langer’s Broncos coaching career
Langer, 53, said he stood down from the assistant coach role in 2012 under Anthony Griffin.
He was rehired in 2015 as a coach under Wayne Bennett, who placed him in the waterboy role, as well as working with the halves.
The blue shirt ‘waterboys’ are often seen as tactical runners.
They work to deliver instructions and tactics to players, but are only allowed on the field three times per half or during stoppages.