Kenny steps up into idol?s big shoes

JUST three years ago he was happy playing social footy with his mates, but Rockhampton's Nick Kenny is now being hailed the next "Raging Bull''.

Kenny will be aiming to emulate his rugby league idol's no fear approach when the Brisbane Broncos tackle the North Queensland Cowboys in this weekend's bumper Minniecon and Burke Pre-Season Challenge showdown.

After taking over former Broncos captain Gorden Tallis' vacant locker at Red Hill during the offseason, Kenny hopes to cement his position as the club's new "forward enforcer''.

Recently graduated as a physiotherapist, the 23-year-old said he was more intent on putting bodies out of shape rather than fixing them as he endeavours to achieve his goal of becoming a regular member of the Broncos top 17.

"Gordie always wanted to be the best forward on the field and not be outplayed by anyone ? that's the attitude I want to take into my game this season,'' said Kenny, who made a powerful NRL debut in Brisbane's round 17 win over Cronulla last season, highlighted by his fierce battle up-front with former Australian prop Jason Stevens.

Kenny, aka the "Angry Calf'' by his Broncos team-mates, knows a big match against the Cowboys at Rockhampton's Browne Park on Saturday night will boost his selection claims when the two Queensland rivals meet again in the NRL season opener on March 12. "When you're starting forward pack is all State of Origin, there's a lot of competition for spots.

"Just a few years ago I was happy playing social footy with my mates,'' Kenny said.

The Broncos yesterday included Rockhampton's Ian Lacey, along with former international Dane Carlaw, in their squad for the NRL trial match following injuries to forwards Sam Thaiday and Joe Clarke.

Broncos ? Darius Boyd, Leon Bott, Scott Minto, Steve Michaels, Tame Tupou, Greg Eastwood, Karmichael Hunt, Ben Hannant, Michael Ennis, Nick Kenny, Dane Carlaw, Chris Muckert, Neville Costigan. Interchange: David Taylor, Ian Lacey, Gideon Mzembe, Lyndon Murphy, Jamie Simpson.

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