Hodges on Boyd’s side

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT -

FORMER Bris­bane cap­tain Justin Hodges has dis­missed calls for Dar­ius Boyd to step down as skip­per and re­tire, say­ing the NRL vet­eran can still be a Bron­cos back­line force if moved to cen­tre or the wing.

Hodges ad­mit­ted Boyd was not at his best in 2019 but said the former Test full­back’s ex­pe­ri­ence would prove in­valu­able for a young Bron­cos out­fit next sea­son.

“I know ev­ery­one is ask­ing for him to be de­moted as cap­tain and re­tire but you still need that older head, you still need that ex­pe­ri­ence — that’s what he brings,” Hodges said.

“He is the sort of guy you still need around the club. He has won pre­mier­ships, he’s done ev­ery­thing in the game.”

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