Lodge breaks silence on rumours of Broncos exit and rift with Kevvie

Broncos prop Matt Lodge has opened up on reports he had fallen out with new coach Kevin Walters and was being shopped around by Brisbane.

The Courier Mail reported Lodge is determined to prove his worth at Red Hill in 2021 and remain at the Broncos long-term.

“There‘s been a lot of talk but I want to stay here,” Lodge told The Courier Mail.

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“Kevvie has come in as coach and he didn’t know too much about what went on with me last year.

“As coach, I guess he has every right to want to move me, but we seem to have sorted things out and I‘m happy.

“Kevvie wants me here now and I‘m happy here playing with my mates, so I will put in every day that I am here.”

Walters has attempted to balance the Broncos’ forward heavy squad and offloaded a number of big contracts inbcluding releasing Joe Ofahengaue to the Tigers and Andrew McCullough to the Dragons.

It was thought that Lodge, who underperformed in 2020 was another forward on the outer at the club, but the fact he is contracted until the end of 2022 with a further two-year option made any attempt to move him on very difficult.

However Lodge was arguably the best player on the field in the Broncos’ trial against Wynum and will be looking for another strong performance in Alex Glenn’s testimonial game against the Cowboys on Saturday night.

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One of the reasons for Lodge’s struggles last year were two knee injuries, but after a big off-season he remains determined to prove his big body can stand up to the faster speed of the modern game in light of the new rule changes.

Walters has been keen to challenge players to prove to him they should be in his long-term plans and Lodge fits into that category, but he revealed the coach didn’t have to say too much to him.

“There wasn’t much said between us,” Lodge said.

Matt Lodge and Kevin Walters at Brisbane Broncos training. Pic Annette DewSource:News Corp Australia

“Kevvie left me alone, but there is mutual respect between us and he knows I know how to play the game.

“The biggest issue for me is getting my body right and condition again and get some minutes back in.”

Walters confirmed Lodge won’t be going anywhere this week after his star showing in the first trial.

“Matt is staying here. He has a Broncos contract and that‘s what is happening,” Walters said.

“I just want to see Matt be consistent this year. I want him to cart the ball forward strongly, he has a nice pass in him and defensively he has some presence, so there‘s no issues for me.”

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