Jamayne Isaako is determined to prove he is a top flight NRL fullback with the Broncos No.1 hopeful the authoritative voice of inexperienced halfback Tyson Gamble will finally get the Brisbane attack firing on all cylinders.
Gamble made an instant impact in his first NRL game of the year on Friday night, helping to orchestrate Brisbane's club record comeback in the 36-28 win over the Gold Coast as Isaako starred with two tries, two try assists and 20 points.
It was Gamble's fourth NRL game in four seasons and only his first win at this level, but the 24-year-old former electrician showed the leadership qualities in attack that's been missing at Brisbane for the past 18 months.
Isaako said it was Gamble's strong voice which made the huge difference as the fullback, halfback and five-eighth Anthony Milford combined regularly as Brisbane's attack finally clicked into gear with six tries and their best win of the season.
"Our game plan was to try and get all ball players on one edge and I thought we did that," Isaako said.
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"We got a lot of joy out of Milf, Tyson and myself connecting together. Just getting the ball where it needed to get I guess.
"[Gamble] is good at talking and that is what we needed in the team, some direction and good loud calls which is definitely what Tyson did.
"Everyone has a job to play when the ball gets in our hands and that's just to run hard and play what is in front and we put some points on the board tonight and hopefully we can build our attack off that.
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"Kevvie has a lot of belief in me playing in the No.1 jersey. For me I just want to come out every week and do my job as best as I can.
"Tonight was a good starting point. I've shown good glimpses over the year but I know if I want to keep my spot I need to play a bit more footy and take some ownership with the halves."
Isaako was the man of the match, but felt responsible the Broncos trailed 22-0 after just 13 minutes after at least two of the first three tries were grubber kicks he should've been in position to field.
But the fullback said it was a game plan for him to defend in the line and create an extra number to oppose Titans bulldozer David Fifita that made him get caught out of his customary fullback position and after they adjusted their defence he wanted to make amends for his team.
"I will be honest I was in a bit of head noise after the first three tries that they got," he said.
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"I got exposed plugging the open side trying to create an extra number… but it was an easy fix for us."
Gamble is one of a dozen Broncos off contract this year and fighting for his future. While Tom Dearden has signed with North Queensland for next season, Gamble and Milford are both trying to win new deals to remain at Red Hill while coach Kevin Walters courts an experienced playmaker to rebuild his roster.
Gamble may be a minimum wage player, but if he keeps performing at this standard he may be an invaluable back-up half for Walters to keep around the club.
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"If I keep playing like that there is no reason I can't stay," Gamble said.
"But at the end of the day it's up to the club I'm just happy to play footy and let the rest sort itself out at the end of the year.
"I think it's my fourth year full-time [NRL squad], my fourth [NRL] game and that's my first win. It's just persistence. I felt like I could perform at this level and to play like that tonight is a step in the right direction.
"It's a rollercoaster ride being in the NRL. You can't play well all the time and you're not going to be playing all the time. It's just about sticking to it really and being persistent and nailing your role every time helps."
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