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Boom teenager Xavier Coates has said he wants to be a bronco for life for fear that Storm super trainer Craig Bellamy might launch a poaching attack on Brisbane’s Queensland Origin star.

In his only interview, Coates briefed News Corp on his future and plans to get the Broncos out of the NRL dungeon ahead of Brisbane’s season opener against the Eels on Friday night.

Coates, who celebrates his 20th birthday on the night of the start of the 2021 season, is no longer under contract at the end of the season and has become one of the most sought-after full-backs in the code.

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But on the eve of Brisbane’s revenge mission against Parramatta at Suncorp Stadium, the 105 kg wing weapon set the record for its future.

Alarm bells rang at the Broncos a few days before Christmas last year when Coates and his manager were pictured in a café on the Gold Coast having secret conversations with Melbourne’s trainer Bellamy.

Brisbane’s arch-rivals the Cowboys have also expressed an interest in Coates, but the Maroons flyer turned down suggestions that he was ready to leave the Broncos for the storm in 2022.

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« It’s nice to know that a club as big as Melbourne is interested in me, but to be honest my number one priority is the Broncos, » Coates said of his first talks with Bellamy.

« It wasn’t too daunting meeting with Craig. It was just catching up. It was the off-season and we were both on vacation. Craig was in Coolangatta at the time and my manager set up the meeting. »

« I talked to Craig about what he was thinking and it all got out in the media. Somebody took a picture of us and everything blew up, which I wasn’t expecting. It wasn’t important. I wanted to see what His plans were because I don’t have a contract.

« You have to keep your options open, but I prefer to stay at the Broncos.

« To be honest, I just want to be with my family. My main idea is that I don’t want to leave this club. I’m happy with the Broncos and ‘Kevvie’ (new Broncos coach Kevin Walters) has been very welcoming.

« I want to help turn this club around and whatever happens next year is on the right track. My immediate focus is on good football. But I’m 100 percent committed to the Broncos. If I’m happy here, I’ll stay .  » .  »

The 19-year-old scored five attempts in 12 games, including a long-distance attempt against Newcastle in which he drove at 36.9 km / h, making it the fastest player in the NRL alongside Josh Addo-Carr.

Despite his personal growth, the worst season in Brisbane’s 33-year history took a toll on the towering utility company.

« We started well in the first two games and then came back from COVID and fell apart.

« There were problems with the coaching staff and the club just felt like they were falling apart in front of us.

« But we came back fresh and started with new employees. Despite our attitudes, the players have seen a purge. »

« It feels like a new club, there is a family feel to it and Kevvie is a family-oriented guy. He brings the camaraderie back to life and brings previous players back to chat with us.

« There is a great history of the club and Kevvie teaches us when we put on this Broncos jersey. They represent the past, the present and all of the people of Queensland. »

After debuting in three games in 2019, Coates is entering his second full NRL season this year.

The dreaded « second year syndrome » hangs over his head. While Coates accepts that NRL rivals are more focused on his strengths and weaknesses, he’s determined not to get lost this season.

On Friday night, Coates will face Parramatta’s Fijian wrecking ball Maika Sivo in one of the most daunting tasks of his 15-game career.

« My attitude is that if I keep working hard I believe that this is the key to not going backwards.

« I haven’t played too many games, but I’ve already sat down with the coaches. I’m always thinking about how I can get better.

« I’ve really focused on my defense and how I move with my defense readings. I also want to have a lot more control over my kick returns and create a platform for my strikers to work on. »

« Physically, I’m sitting at around 150 pounds. I was actually 150 pounds a few months ago, but I’ve shrunk down and watch my diet to make sure I don’t get too tall.

« Maika Sivo is a huge test for me. Every week in the NRL there are different challenges, there are a lot of good wingers and I have to cover Maika because he is a powerful guy and he can do some damage when my defense doesn’t work. » Scratch. »

Coates reveals that he was almost lost to the rugby league. While adoring the Queensland Origin legend Greg Inglis as a child, Coates dreamed of playing in another sport.

« My father and brothers all played field hockey. I went to their games and watched them play, so it was a natural development for me.

« Dad even bought me a hockey stick and I was ready to play. Then I started playing touch footy in school and my friends convinced me to play for the Currumbin Eagles.

« If it hadn’t been for my friends, I would certainly have ended up in hockey above the league. »

Born in Papua New Guinea, Coates were a bolter for Wayne Bennett’s team from Queensland Origin last year. Scoring two tries from as many games, Coates is determined to return to the Maroons this year after the blues epic series boilover.

« As a kid, I wore my Queensland jersey to school on Origin nights and we talked about the game and I adored the Maroons players.

« Wayne was a little daunting at first, but he’s not as grumpy as he appears in the media. He laughs and smiles behind the scenes. He really supported me.

« I was overjoyed to be a part of it. Hopefully I can see it again this year. I would love to be on the Origin team again, but I have to play well for the Broncos and enjoy my footy first. »

« On Friday night everything will start all over again. I can’t wait to be out there again. We want to make amends for the Broncos fans and show them that the sweater is important to us. »

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