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Lockyer backs Lodge as Broncos captain despite furious backlash

“If Matt Lodge was to become the new captain, I guess there’d be a lot of questions asked around what happened in the previous years past,” Lockyer told Nine’s Wide World of Sports.

Unpopular: The idea of Matt Lodge skippering the Broncos has been met with a wave of protest.

Unpopular: The idea of Matt Lodge skippering the Broncos has been met with a wave of protest.Credit:Getty Images

“It would be difficult to manage all that initially but if you’re looking at solely focusing on better on-field performance by the Broncos, then I think, that needs to be secondary to actually picking your captain based on who’s going to give you the best performance on the field.

“He has played only 59 games in his career, he’s 24. But I’ve got to say, from where [coach] Anthony Seibold sits, he is a leader – he’s a leader of men.

“[And] if you think they can do the job, then give them a go.”

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Wally Lewis also backed Lodge as captain, saying it may help the form front-rower go to the next level.

“If he’s got extra responsibility on his shoulders leading the team, we might see the best-ever performances from Matty Lodge coming up,” he said.

But two-time Broncos premiership player Lazarus is clearly not convinced.

“It makes my blood boil to think that Matthew Lodge could be the potential captain of that football club,” Lazarus told Macquarie Sports Radio.

To the point: Glenn Lazarus (with Josh Papalii at the Raiders Hall of Fame function) hasn't held back regarding Lodge.

To the point: Glenn Lazarus (with Josh Papalii at the Raiders Hall of Fame function) hasn’t held back regarding Lodge.Credit:Dion Georgopoulos

“I would be absolutely disgusted to see Lodge leading the club.

“In fact, I would go to some lengths in regards to getting rid of a lot of the Broncos stuff that I have kept.

“Surely we can come up with something better than that, someone that people look up to and not see as a drunken thug.”

Lodge has emerged as the favourite after Seibold put a broom through his leadership group in the wake of Brisbane’s embarrassing 58-0 elimination final loss to Parramatta.

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Seibold is also reportedly poised to inject young forward Pat Carrigan – who has played just 19 games – into the Broncos’ leadership group.

Former Brisbane playmaker Ben Ikin said the club’s “deplorable” recruitment and retention plan had ensured there was a leadership vacuum at the club.

“They’ve left a leadership hole,” Ikin told Fox Sports’ NRL 360.

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