BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 17: Darren Lockyer of the Broncos in attack during the NRL second semi final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Suncorp Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Jonathan Wood/Getty Images)
Former Brisbane premiership player Ben Ikin has revealed his Broncos team of the decade, admitting it was his very own position – centre – that was the toughest to determine.
Ikin played 55 games for the Broncos and was a member of their grand final victory over the Roosters in 2000, where he held-down the five-eighth position during their memorable start to the century.
But when it came to selecting the best maroon and yellow side since 2010, Ikin struggled to narrow down the 100 featured Broncos into the best 17-man side.
The biggest headache for NRL 360 host was selecting the left-centre, with Jack Reed and James Roberts the two suitors to fight over the position.
“It was a choice between Jack’s consistency and strong defence and the strike power and speed of Jimmy the Jet,” Ikin said.
“In the end I went with Jack on the strength of his dependability. You always knew what you were going to get with him and he gave great service to the club in 128 games over the period.
“My other difficult decision was at halfback. The toughness and guile of Peter Wallace won him the spot alongside the great Darren Lockyer.
“That left Ben Hunt out of the starting side but he edged out Anthony Milford as a bench utility.”
BEN IKIN’S BRONCOS’ TEAM OF THE DECADE:
1. Darius Boyd
2. Jaral Yow Yeh
3. Justin Hodges
4. Jack Reed
5. Corey Oates
6. Darren Lockyer
7. Peter Wallace
8. Payne Haas
9. Andrew McCullough
10. Petero Civoniceva
11. Sam Thaiday
12. Matt Gillett
13. Corey Parker
14. Ben Hunt
15. Josh McGuire
16. David Fifita
17. Alex Glenn