Broncos coach Kevin Walters is reportedly set to be handed a two-year contract extension.
The Courier-Mail first reported Walters is about to be issued a “bombshell” improve that can prolong him by to the tip of the 2025 season.
It comes simply weeks after hypothesis surrounded the membership nice’s future after essential feedback from Broncos star Selwyn Cobbo.
The events had been within the thick of contract negotiations when Cobbo famously mentioned “I don’t suppose he’s a superb coach” when he spoke on the ‘Again of the 135’ podcast in late October final yr.
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Walters was handed a one-year extension earlier than the 2022 season kicked off because the Broncos surged into the highest 4 earlier than being sensationally bundled out of the finals race.
The Broncos misplaced 5 of their closing six video games and had been unable to interrupt their three-year finals drought.
Regardless of this, the membership has religion that Walters is the correct man to steer the membership to its subsequent premiership.
The deal reportedly consists of bonus clauses that may make Walters one of many highest paid coaches within the league.
Nonetheless, The Courier-Mail studies the deal comes with a twist that may enable the Broncos to terminate the contract early with out going through the identical state of affairs the membership had with Anthony Seibold the place the Manly coach was handed a $1.5 million pay out.
Broncos chief govt Dave Donaghy mentioned final month gamers have been impressed by Walters this pre-season.
“The suggestions I’ve acquired from the senior gamers throughout the course of the pre-season is that coaching, preparation and the entire program has actually stepped up. They’re working extremely arduous and Kev is main that,” Donaghy mentioned.
“He’s doing an ideal job and we’re completely dedicated to persevering with to assist him, as we’re with your complete soccer program, to assist us get again to the place we need to be.
“All of us noticed the progress final yr. We acquired a bit sloppy on the again finish of final season however we have now reviewed it, learnt from it and applied steps to enhance it.
“The suggestions I’m getting is that’s occurring and I’m seeing sturdy progress throughout the course of the pre-season.”
Donaghy additionally emphasised the membership’s deal with “stability and continuity” following a variety of off-field incidents, together with Cobbo and Tyson Gamble’s feedback on Walters’ teaching.
“We’ve been by plenty of change over the past decade and haven’t had plenty of success. That’s not a coincidence,” Donaghy mentioned.
“Teaching the Broncos is a special beast. It’s a membership that has plenty of eyeballs on it. We’ve the biggest membership base, TV viewers, social following and are within the heartland of rugby league.
“It’s not for everybody, however Kev’s accomplished an ideal job bringing individuals collectively. He’s been terrific at connecting everybody concerned within the footy membership.”