Josh McGuire during a Brisbane Broncos training session at Red Hill.
Josh McGuire during a Brisbane Broncos training session at Red Hill. DAVE HUNT

McGuire eyes Broncos lock role after missing Four Nations

JOSH McGuire has put his hand up for the Brisbane Broncos' lock position, made vacant by the retirement of skipper Corey Parker.

The 26-year-old has played the majority of his 150 games at prop, but is open to a positional switch to the No.13 jersey under coach Wayne Bennett.

"I'm unsure where I'll be playing next year,” McGuire told nrl.com.au.

"I don't think anyone knows what Wayne will decide to do. I even played a game at five-eighth this year.

"(But) I'd love an opportunity to play lock so I'll wait and see where the coaching staff want me to play.”

A change for McGuire, who averaged 142 metres and 33 tackles per game throughout the 2016 season, could be just the thing for him to put his name back in front of Australian selectors.

He was left out of the Four Nations squad after making his Test debut for the Kangaroos in their 16-0 Anzac Test match win over New Zealand in May.

"I'm obviously disappointed that I wasn't selected but you can't pick everyone,” said McGuire, who also played six Tests for Samoa.

"I'll go back to the drawing board and reassess a few things within my game.

"Hopefully if I do that well I'll get another opportunity to wear the green and gold next year.

"I'm not sure why I missed out on the tour. They must have thought I wasn't playing good enough footy. That's fine and I accept that.

"I just have to play better football for the Broncos and if that involves a move to lock then so be it.”



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