Broncos add to halves stocks
The Broncos have nabbed an experienced half from out of the Rabbitohs’ system to provide cover for the Broncos stocks.
Darren Nicholls was stuck behind South Sydney guns John Sutton and Adam Reynolds as he awaited a crack at the NRL last year.
He captained the Rabbitohs' reserve grade side, the North Sydney Bears, into the semi-finals and was named as five-eighth and captain of the 2013 NSW Cup Team of the Year.
A Wests Tigers junior, Nicholls now finds himself in the Broncos' squad after the club grabbed him before the June 30 cut-off date.
Arriving last week, Nicholls slid in straight away, steering affiliate club the Norths Devils to a victory over the impressive PNG Hunters in the Intrust Super Cup last Sunday.
Now he is focussing on working hard in the Broncos' squad and awaiting a chance.
"I have come up here to train hard and play good at Norths where I am affiliated," he said.
"I just want to ply my trade there and see what happens.
"I played under-20s at the Tigers and made the grand final there.
"Then I played NSW Cup before heading over to France for a couple of years.
"I played at the North Sydney Bears last year and then started off at Wyong (in the NSW Cup) this year.
"It is a bit of a change.
"I just started PE teaching this year and put some good footy in, so I have found myself up here."
The Broncos have some prospects in the halves, with Kodi and Jayden Nikorima, Duncan Paia'aua and Ashley Taylor, but all are still eligible for under-20s.
The 25-year-old Nicholls is simply looking for an opportunity after making a big call to head north from New South Wales.
He said the Broncos' players have made him feel part of the squad straight away.
"It is going to be a bit tough around Origin time," he quipped of being a New South Welshman.
"But the players have all been good and welcoming and there have been some good training sessions already."
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