Despite missing a third of the season due to an Achilles injury, Brisbane recruit Darius Boyd is proving to be worth every penny for the Broncos as the finals loom.
The Queensland and Australia representative’s return to action has coincided with the Broncos climb to the top of the NRL ladder.
Boyd has made at least 100 running metres in every game he’s played this season, his growing understanding with halves duo Ben Hunt and Anthony Milford adding to the attacking options at coach Wayne Bennett’s disposal.
Boyd’s renaissance at the Broncos even has some speculating he’ll be the man to take over the club’s captaincy after veteran Justin Hodges confirmed on Monday that this season would be his last.
It’s also had comparisons being drawn with his stellar form at St George Illawarra in 2010 as the Dragons, under Bennett, claimed that year’s premiership.
The seven-time premiership coach happily admits Boyd is in great form, but he still thinks the 28-year-old’s Dragons spell remains his absolute peak.
“He played outstanding at the Dragons in 2010 and 2011. He’s playing well, but I don’t know if he’s playing as well as he did then,” Bennett said.
“He’s certainly back (from the injury). He does everything he can do. I don’t think he’s lacking any speed, or anything like that, or confidence.”