PETER Wallace says there will never be another Darren Lockyer, so why bother trying to find one?
As the Broncos captain prepares to this week notch his record 350th first grade match – against the Cowboys in Townsville – Wallace said the club was quickly coming to grips with the realities of life without the mercurial playmaker.
Lockyer will draw a curtain on his glittering 17-year career after this year season.
The Broncos took a giant step towards sending their general out a premiership winner with a composed 21-20 win over title contenders the New Zealand Warriors at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.
While it was the five-eighth’s night, his halves partner Wallace stole the show by slotting the winning field goal in the 78th minute.
The red-headed No.7 has grown in stature this year and like he has done so often this season Wallace played a solid supporting hand against the Warriors.
While he was non-committal when asked if he was in career best form, Wallace’s willingness to take the reins would give fans faith there will be life after Lockyer next year.
“I don’t think there’ll ever be another Locky, but we’re going to have to deal with the fact that he’s going next year,” Wallace said.
“But I think we’ve got the calibre of players to step up to the mark.
“NO one can replace Locky, but I think we’ve enough talent to ensure we’ll be in a good position.”
As the club was toasting Wallace, so too was it celebrating the rise and rise of another redhead, Bribie boy Jack Reed.
Centre Reed has been a revelation this season and is now one of the favourites for the Dally M Rookie of the Year award after another sterling performance on Saturday night.
First he plucked a Wallace chip from a three-strong Warriors pack to put the Broncos in front.
He then produced a round-the-body speculator pass that put winger Gerard Beale into open space.
The ever-humble Reed played down his influence on the match, however the two tries were key in the final wash-up.
While some have touted him as a future Queensland, and even Australian, representative, he said he was expecting to find himself in the Intrust Super Cup at any time.
“I’m assuming it’s going to run out at some stage,” he said of his time in the NRL.
“At the moment I’m just enjoying myself and the boys around me are making my job a lot easier.
“I guess I’m just in the right place at the right time.
“I do my job out there like every other bloke and if it comes off it looks good.
“Every now and then it doesn’t look too good.
“Tonight it seemed to work.”