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Load lightened: Walters now able to coach at '100 percent capacity'

Coach Kevin Walters finally feels he can put everything into improving Brisbane's performance after being relieved of having to actively manage the club's roster.

He also denied "mixed messaging" and explained the circumstances that led to Matt Lodge signing with the Warriors on Thursday - only days after Walters said the prop would stay put for the season.

Walters said new Brisbane head of football Ben Ikin, CEO Dave Donaghy and head of recruitment Simon Scanlan were "taking a lot of the load that was previously, I felt, sitting on my shoulders".

"They've taken a lot of that load which enables me to actually get in and coach the side now," Walters said on Saturday, a day out from his last-placed team's clash with the Sharks at Suncorp Stadium.

"And [I can] focus heavily on the performance of those players running out each week and also the greater squad.

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"My job is to coach the side and I'm fortunate now to be able to coach in a way that I feel I can give my 100 percent capacity to the team.

"We've got great staff now that are assisting with the management of the roster, which is something that's sort of been taken off me.

"That enables me to go and coach the team at 100 percent capacity, which I'm very much looking forward to for the next nine weeks."

Walters flagged more changes to the Broncos squad but said he expects Tevita Pangai jr to see out the season "at this point in time".

"All the other stuff around the team such as the roster, who's going, who's staying - that can be handled by other staff who aren't directly involved in the hands-on coaching of the side," he said.

On the Lodge situation, Walters insisted that "what I said on Monday was all too true" before an offer came up that suited all parties.

"It's a great outcome for Matt Lodge and the club itself ... That was a left-fielder. Matt had been looking to exit the club for some time and it just happened to be that that time was now," Walters said.

"Matt's really happy with his decision and the club are happy with the decision as well, so we move on. It hasn't been a distraction, I've got to say. The players have got on with things.

"We wish Matt Lodge all the very best in his future career at the Warriors and beyond. He's been a great player here and has been through some hard times with COVID [restrictions] and the like, but I'm sure he's looking forward to his next months at the Warriors.

"There's been no mixed messaging from me personally. Matt Lodge has been one of those players looking at other clubs for some time.

"It was a matter of when Matt found the right opportunity to exit the club. That has been close at different times throughout the season and the timing was unfortunate [after what Walters told the media]."

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