Thaiday wants Kahu centre stage
Jordan Kahu insists he is content to remain Brisbane's Mr Fix-It but one club legend is adamant he should get first crack at the vacant left centre position in season 2017.
In 55 top grade games to date Kahu has played 33 times on the wing, 17 games in the centres and five at fullback which he admits is his preferred position.
But while being branded a 'utility' can prove to be a curse for players unable to cement a regular place in the starting 13, Kahu is of the view that it has actually contributed to his ability to come through a horror injury run to play 42 games for the Broncos over the past two seasons.
Equally courageous and skilful, Kahu will start the season as Brisbane's first-choice goal-kicker and given the retirement of Jack Reed, veteran back-rower Sam Thaiday says the Kiwi should also be one of the team's starting centres come Round 1 against the Sharks.
"I'd love to see him locked into a centre position. He's fantastic in that position," Thaiday said.
"His biggest fault is that he's a great winger and a great finisher for us so we like him out on the wing.
"We'll have a bit of a play-around with that but the best thing about him is that he can play any position in the outside backs; he can play in the halves if you wanted him to as well. He could even play hooker.
"He's a great player and a great asset to our team but I hope he does get a centre spot this year."
The soon-to-be 26 year-old played fullback for New Zealand in all five of their Test matches last year but is under no illusion about unseating Darius Boyd for the No.1 jersey at the Broncos any time soon.
The Keebra Park product played both semi-final matches last year in the centres – scoring three tries and kicking 10 goals for a personal tally of 32 points – but is thankful for the opportunities his versatility has provided in recent years.
"We haven't spoken about it. I'll put my hand up to play there," Kahu said when asked whether he and coach Wayne Bennett had discussed making the centre position his own.
"I started there when we were waiting for 'Reedy' (Jack Reed) to come back last year and played a couple of games there and I'm not too uncomfortable there. If I do get picked to play centre then I'll do it.
"Personally, I can adapt to a position that's given to me. I think it's one of my good traits. If I get put into a position then I'm pretty comfortable and pretty reliable.
"That's probably what has helped me throughout my career so far is that I've been able to play in other positions and fill in where I can.
"If I was just locked to fullback I might not even be here.
"Everything has worked out pretty well so far and being able to play those other positions."
When Boyd was struck down with an Achilles injury prior to the 2015 season Bennett turned to Kahu to fill the fullback position for the first four games of the year, a 36-6 loss to the Rabbitohs in Round 1 his only blemish.
And although both are incumbent Test custodians for their respective countries, Kahu knows who the No.1 Bronco is for the time being.
"I've always said that I'd love to play fullback but 'Darbs' (Boyd) is the best fullback in the game and I'm not going to take his jersey off him. I'll just have to bide my time," said Kahu.