Broncos coach Kevin Walters has responded to the recent comments from young gun Selwyn Cobbo, describing them as ‘out of character’ for the talented outside back.
After appearing on a recent episode of the Back of the 135 podcast, the 20-year-old questioned his coach’s credentials and became the second Brisbane player to do so.
Late in the 2022 season, Tyson Gamble also took aim at Walters and his coaching methods, before moving on from the club to join the Knights.
Cobbo enjoyed a breakout campaign under Walters last year, going from a promising rookie to a State of Origin winner for the QLD Maroons.
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During an interview on Channel Nine following the explosive podcast, Walters was quizzed on whether he was hurt by the comments and his relationship with Cobbo moving forward.
“Certainly it did [hurt]…it was disappointing from that regard,” he said.
“We spoke about it and had a good chat. I won’t say father-son, but along those lines.
“Knowing Selwyn as I do and as we do here at the club, I thought that was a little bit out of line from Selwyn.
“It is not normally his character to be like that – but he rang me pretty early in the morning not long after it all surfaced and was very apologetic.”
— NRL on Nine (@NRLonNine) January 9, 2023
Cobbo has scored 17 tries in 25 games for the Broncos since making his debut mid-way through the 2021 season, and is earmarked as a future superstar for the club after inking a long-term extension.
Any potential rift with Walters has already been handled, but it does add to the pressure on the Brisbane boss after a disappointing end to his second year in charge.
After sitting in the top-four with less than two months remaining in the NRL season, the high-flying Broncos were given a quick reality check and went on to miss the finals for a third-straight year.
Walters believes that he has the ability to turn Brisbane into a powerhouse once again, despite criticism from those within the playing group and externally.
“Even the great Wayne Bennett has got his critics, so I’m no different,” he said.
“I’m a big believer in what we are doing here and how we are going about it and we will stay on that path and it is great that Selwyn will be on that path as well.
“We have all learnt from it..certainly myself and also Selwyn, so we will get on with things and look forward to building a great future here with Selwyn and the Broncos.”