Young star Kotoni Staggs has hit out at the leadership in Brisbane to add further disruption to a chaotic season for the Broncos.
The Broncos are desperate to avoid the club’s first wooden spoon, despite showing improvement in recent weeks.
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But countless off-field drama and injuries has created a year to forget for many Brisbane fans.
With the club in turmoil, teammates and fans will be surprised to hear rising star, Staggs, take a dig at the leadership group within the squad.
Speaking about the season, Staggs, 21, suggested some of the older players aren’t leading the group.
“There’s some boys there in leadership that are not really doing their job and I think there’s a lot of young boys in there that are getting away with a bit,” he told NITV’s Over the Black Dot.
“We need some leaders there to step up and to show us young boys what it’s about.”
The 21-year-old rising star claimed he had stepped up to try and take a leadership role during the difficult season.
“We’ve got some good leaders at the moment, myself included, I’m trying to be the best leader at the club for the young boys,” he said.
“I’m young myself but I’ve got a voice and I’m trying to use it.”
The Broncos are sitting 15th on just six points.
10 Broncos players fined
Brisbane's pub lunch earlier this month has turned out to be very costly with the NRL issuing the Broncos and 10 players fines for breaching biosecurity protocols.
The Broncos have been fined $75,000 and each of the 10 players fined five per cent of their salary, totalling $65,000, after the group attended a lunch at the Everton Park Hotel on August 1.
In a statement, the NRL said while the Broncos players were permitted to dine at restaurants and cafes they were not permitted to sit in pubs and gaming areas at the time of the breaches.
"It is our view that this breach involved a significant failure of the club to properly administer the league's biosecurity protocols," NRL acting chief executive Andrew Abdo said.