Broncos name humble man of action Parker as captain
Retired Brisbane captain Justin Hodges has applauded Corey Parker's appointment as his successor declaring he is the right man to lead the Broncos to their first title since 2006.
After coming within seconds of lifting the Provan-Summons Trophy aloft in his final game for Brisbane last October, Hodges said Parker led from the front.
Hodges was the same.
When Hodges crossed the white line for Brisbane, Roosters, Queensland or Australia, there was nothing he would not do to get a win for his teammates.
"If you look at the guys coming through like Ben Hunt and Darius Boyd, Andrew McCullough, they're all in line waiting," Hodges said.
"But Corey has been through a lot. He was co-captain with me a few years back and helped me against last year.
"Hopefully he can take them a step further than last year."
Hodges said it would have been something special to have captained Brisbane to a farewell premiership win last year but North Queensland denied the club its seventh title 17-16 in golden point.
"Yeah, Kevie (Kevin Walters) was into me before the game saying I could be one of the greats if I led Brisbane to a premiership," Hodges told APN. "But it wasn't meant to be.."
Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett, who has been at the helm in all six of the club's premiership wins, said Parker epitomised the previous captains he had appointed during his time at the Broncos going back to the first, Wally Lewis, in 1988.
"He leads from the front. He has a great ability to communicate but like all good leaders his actions are stronger than his words," Bennett said as the club made Parker's appointment official.
"He's got the respect of all the players which is really important and he will lead by his actions."
Parker said when he came to the club as a teenager in 1999 he would "hang with" the senior group of Shane Webcke and Petero Civoniceva and learn as much as he could.
He said he admired the captaincy skills of both Darren Lockyer and Cameron Smith for their humility.
"Some of the greatest attributes in captains and leaders in life is sometimes not what you say; saying less can be more at times," said Parker, who scored a try in his debut against the Warriors in 2001.
"Locky was certainly a good example of that and Cameron Smith, he also does that very well."
- WAYNE HEMING