Boyd 'open' to five-eighth switch
Brisbane Broncos fullback Darius Boyd says he is open to a move to five-eighth next year if coach Wayne Bennett wants to head in that direction.
Widely regarded as the best fullback in the game, the Brisbane skipper would be taking a huge risk moving out of the position he has played at for the majority of his career.
His development in the No.1 jersey has been extraordinary in recent years, with the 29-year-old now occupying the position for both Queensland and Australia.
But all that will be put on the line when halfback Ben Hunt departs the club to join the St George Illawarra Dragons at season's end.
Hunt's move will mean current five-eighth Anthony Milford will most likely move to halfback, with Boyd to slot in at six.
It would leave a vacancy at the back, but with the likes of Jordan Kahu and David Mead in the Broncos' squad it's a position the club could easily fill.
Speaking ahead of Brisbane's clash against the Gold Coast Titans on Friday night, Boyd said he would feel comfortable in the halves if the team needed him to make the change.
"I'm open to it, but at the end of the day that's next year. We still need to focus on this year and what we can control now," Boyd said.
"I'm comfortable in that [five-eighth] role if I have to do it, but that's something I'll have to think about in the off-season when we move towards next year."
It's often forgotten that Anthony Milford was a fullback at the Canberra Raiders before switching to five-eighth when he arrived at the Broncos in 2015.
The 22-year-old has since become one of the most exciting halves in the game, earning a call-up to the 2016 Australian Kangaroos train-on squad in the process.
If a move to halfback was required, Boyd said his flashy teammate wouldn't have any trouble making the switch.
"It's the same role. It doesn’t matter if you are playing in the No.7 or the No.6," he said.
"We don’t have much of a difference between the two because we just play what we see and that's what we did on the weekend.
"That's want we want to continue to do.
"All that stuff is next year, but if that happens then I'm sure he'll do a good job."
Brisbane will get a taste of life without Hunt on Friday night after the 27-year-old suffered a hamstring injury in his side's 32-8 win over the Sydney Roosters in Round 6.
Initially thought as a two-three week injury, Hunt will now sit at least six weeks out on the sideline.
It's given New Zealand international Kodi Nikorima a chance to impress at halfback, and Boyd said he has full faith in the 23-year-old after an impressive cameo against the Roosters last week.
"We back Kodi 100 per cent. He's trained well so far this week," he said.
"He's played for New Zealand in the halves so he's a quality player.
"We all know our individual roles so I think Kodi will slot in well like he did in the last 20 minutes on the weekend."