Souths Logan Magpies player Jesse Arthars may be on track for an NRL comeback after his exceptional Queensland Cup return. Arthars’ stint back in the Queensland Cup provided further proof that he could be an excellent candidate to replace Herbie Farnworth who will depart at the end of the 2023 season. Arthars, playing for Souths Logan, scored two tries against Ipswich, ran for 145 metres, and had two line breaks, and seven tackle busts. These sterling performances put him in the running to return to the Brisbane Broncos in the near future.
Queensland star Selwyn Cobbo‘s State of Origin hopes may be in jeopardy after a hip concern was re-aggravated in a recent Brisbane victory over the Newcastle side. While Cobbo’s bye week could give him sufficient time to make a full recovery, Arthars’ recent performance displays why Broncos Coach Kevin Walters wanted to retain him at the Broncos through 2026.
He has been in the Broncos‘ top side for much of the 2023 season as Corey Oates faced a broken jaw and a PCL strain in his knee. Arthars is an NRL competitor, notable for his 13 appearances in the team, averaging 106 meters per game, and registering 13 line breaks and seven tries. It is believed that the 24-year-old will take over the number four jumper from outgoing Broncos star Farnworth, beating the competition.
Coach Karmichael Hunt backs Arthars for the center role at the Broncos, due to his tremendous ability, nerve, attacking prowess, and smart defensive tactics. Arthars’ preferred position is in the centers, and he seems extremely skilled. Paix’s return to the Queensland Cup along with Arthars was marked by an emotional upset from being dropped in the favor of Tyson Smoothy for the Knights‘ clash.
Broncos’ Jensen and Palasia from Wynnum Manly may force Kevin Walters’ hand at the selection table, as they showcase their skills in the club’s matches. The two have been Broncos’ regulars for much of the season, but have been unseated by Kobe Hetherington and Brendan Piakura for the past couple of weeks. Jensen showed his talents in the Seagulls’ 62-0 win over Mackay, as he carried out all his responsibilities perfectly. Palasia proved his worth by finishing with 136 metres and 19 tackles.