Kevin Walters has fought back tears in an emotional interview as he spoke about just how much his new role as Brisbane Broncos coach means to him.
Walters was officially unveiled as the man to help lead the Broncos back up the NRL ladder following a tumultuous season in 2020 on Wednesday.
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In a raw interview with Channel 9’s Wally Lewis, Walters couldn’t help the emotion from spilling over.
As the two men went over Walters’ appointment it was when the discussion turned to Walters coming back to the club where he had spent the bulk of his career where he needed a moment to compose himself.
“From that moment (1988), I was playing in Canberra and I wanted to come back and be part of the Broncos,” Walters said as the emotion took over.
Lewis added: “Plenty of emotion attached to the place isn’t there”.
“Yeah there is Wal and for many reasons you know and I guess … I didn’t want to come on air and do this,” Walters said.
“It’s a part of who I am and I’ve got an emotional attachment to rugby league and in particular the Broncos and Queensland for that matter.”
Kevvie Walters breaks down in tears in an emotional interview with The King. ❤️️#9WWOS #NRL pic.twitter.com/v4SVVh30WW
The Broncos endured a nightmare 2020 season, winning only three games and Walters knows his coaching style will go a ways to helping the club turn things around.
“When I first started coaching I thought I was Wayne Bennett and I tried to coach like Wayne,” Walters said on Channel 9 as he ripped out an impersonation of the coaching legend.
“I soon realised that I’m not Wayne Bennett, Wayne has his style of doing things … Craig Bellamy has his style and I’ve worked out my style that works for me.”
Walters pinched a phrase from current US President Donald Trump when expanding on his vision to help the club get back to the top of the table.
“If I can steal a line from Donald Trump, we’ve got to make the Broncos great again,” Walters told the Broncos website upon being unveiled as coach.
The Courier Mail reported Walters will join the club on a $1 million two-year deal starting in 2021 after signing a deal to replace Anthony Seibold at 10pm on Tuesday night.
Walters has also backed plans for Storm super coach Craig Bellamy to join him in 2022 as the club’s coaching director when his Melbourne deal expires.
New Brisbane Broncos coach Kevin Walters. Pic Peter WallisSource:News Corp Australia
Along with landing Walters, the Broncos have made continued their stunning play for current Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy and tabled a lifetime 10-year deal to secure him.
The Courier Mail’s Peter Badel claimed on NRL360 that as part of negotiations the Broncos have more than upped the ante for the Storm coach.
“Speaking to the Broncos they’re sill very confident in getting Craig Bellamy,” Badel said.
“Here’s the twist for some breaking news on NRL360.
“The Broncos have table a deal of up to ten years – a lifetime contract to try and get him to Red Hill.
“The discussions have evolved over the last few months. there was another discussion of a straight up five year deal, they’ve also said to Craig we’re prepared to look at a three to five year option in your favour which would see him remain at the Broncos past his 70th birthday.
“He would be coaching director until beyond 2030 if he took the deal.
“At this stage he insists he hasn’t signed anything, that is correct but there have been discussion with Matt Tripp (the Storm chairman) that Craig intends to relocate to Brisbane in 2022.”
“He (Walters) would report to Craig Bellamy, as part of these discussions that have been happening between Craig Bellamy and Paul White (Broncos CEO), they’ve also spoken to Craig about joining the Brisbane recruitment and retention committee.
“Craig Bellamy would have a say in that. I don’t see how he does this job on a three-day a week.”
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