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Broncos director of football Ben Ikin has revealed finals football was the goal for Kevin Walters’ side this season — explaining the club had to remove those “that weren’t buying in” to find success.

The Red Hill club sits in fourth place as it stands, a far cry from their 15th place finish last season.

Ikin was employed midway through the 2021 season and was tasked with returning the NRL powerhouse back to the top-half of the ladder.

Clearing out the club’s roster was his first port of call.

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“We had a goal to play finals,” Ikin said on SEN 1170 Breakfast.

“We knew we had to get better so we hatched a bit of a plan.

“It wasn’t too complicated, it was just about dragging all the good people together who had become a bit disconnected with all the churn that had gone through the place.

“Getting everyone back on the same and clearing out some people that weren’t buying in.

“Once you start winning, it just tends to work because everyone’s happy and committed.

“The team started winning and confidence grew.

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“We are a winning footy team and happy to come to work every day.”

In 2022, the Broncos have won 12 games, more than they recorded across 2020 and 2021.

As it stands, Kevin Walters’ side look likely to finish inside the top four, and Ikin highlighted two key recruits as major influences on the team’s success.

Ikin said Kurt Capewell and Adam Reynolds have become “extensions” of the coaching group.

“We got a bit lucky in the sense that even though we went after Adam Reynolds and Kurt Capewell, what we ended up with was a group of senior players that connected really quickly,” Ikin said.

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“They became extensions within the coaching group.

“Adam Reynolds has got one of the best footy brains I have ever come across.

“In terms of standards, if anyone in that playing group misses their assignment, Kurt Capewell looks at them as if he is about to kill them.

“All of a sudden, this group of very talented youngsters all raised the bar.

“The difference between their best and their worst has closed.”


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