Bronco Martin seizes a multi-year second chance

Brisbane manager Kevin Walters has revealed Te Maire Martin is set to extend his contract for several years after cutting him off on his return from a brain injury which appeared to have cut short his NRL career.

The 26-year-old retired in 2020 when he was unable to recover from a brain bleed a year earlier while playing for North Queensland.

Lured to Brisbane where he expected to spend the Queensland Cup season, injuries and exits hastened Martin’s return to the NRL in the unfamiliar position at full-back.

But in just two games he surprised even Walters with his confident defense and attacking momentum, helping Brisbane go 4-4 and claim a top-eight finish ahead of Thursday’s clash with South Sydney.

“It’s not in my path, but we expect to re-sign him for a few years,” Walters blurted.

“He’s been really good for us, a good recovery. We weren’t sure how fast he could accelerate, but he plays well on foot and since he’s at the back we’re looking for a different team up front.

“He helps Adam in our spine to be a bit more creative; his passing selection is good, his skills are excellent.

Desiring some continuity, Walters will persevere with Tyson Gamble at five-eights alongside halfback Reynolds and resist any temptation to move Martin, who scored a try as a No. 6 for the Cowboys in the Grand Final. of 2017 against Melbourne.

“Not at the moment, he’s doing such a good job as a full-back, we’ll keep him there for the minute,” Walters said, highlighting his selection of Test tackles over the past fortnight.

“And he surprised us a bit there (in defence); his organization is good, he gets the numbers right and when he needs to tackle he is there.


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