Rugby league legend Peter Sterling is unconvinced by talk of Queensland great Kevin Walters joining Anthony Seibold’s coaching ranks in effort to salvage the Broncos’ season.
Brisbane slumped to their fifth straight loss at the hands of the Titans on Saturday, keeping them undefeated since returning from the coronavirus break.
The dismal loss became the latest fire to be lit under Seibold since taking the reins from former coach Wayne Bennett at Brisbane ahead of the 2019 season.
On Monday, ex-Broncos premiership-winning captain Walters said it was tough to watch his former club struggling under the NRL spotlight but claimed he could help “lift the spirits” of players if welcomed back to Red Hill.
Walters on Sunday re-signed as Queensland coach until the end of 2021, seemingly ending speculation the former Broncos playmaker could replace Seibold if the board tapped him on the shoulder.
But Walters, who was a Broncos assistant under Bennett in 2018 and was overlooked for the head coaches role in 2019, said he was happy to help Seibold in their time of need.
“If they want to reach out and need some help I would be happy to help,” he told Sky Sports Radio.
“I feel for the players more than anyone. I see frustration amongst the playing group. I see them playing as individuals not as a team.
“As a former player no one likes seeing this happening to any club particularly one that you have been associated with for a long time.”
Walters’ olive branch has set tongues wagging across NRL world, but Parramatta Eels legend Sterling has warned the Broncos of the implications of taking the Queensland great up on any offer.
“This is a coach (Seibold) who was given the confidence of a five-year contract with an option in his favour,” Sterling told Wide World of Sports’ Sterlo’s Wrap.
“Now, in a relatively small amount of time, that would be severely demoted by bringing in somebody like a Kevin Walters in that regard.
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“Kevin Walters isn’t exactly coming in to cut his grass, but when someone covets your job that can be difficult.
“The question is; how does he help them win games? The roster doesn’t change it is still inexperienced, it still lacks leadership, that doesn’t change at all.
“Is it for a different voice or is it for new opinions and thoughts on the way they should be playing? Is it to appease external pressures?
“I don’t even know if Anthony Seibold knows Kevin Walters or how well that they get on. Can they work together in this capacity?”
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While Brisbane chairman Karl Morris on Sunday said they were in for the long haul with Seibold, the embattled mentor is desperate for a win after his side reached a new low last round.
Brisbane were booed off the ground by their own fans at halftime before they were upset 30-12 by NRL battlers Gold Coast.
Sterling believed a lack of a singly cohesive voice was the biggest factor in Brisbane’s shocking run of form.
“I don’t think they’re all on the same page,” he said. “There’s an abundance of talent but it’s just working in different directions.
“When you’ve got al ack of experience it means you’ve got to work harder for each other, and you’ve got to compete on every play. Good things will come from that.”