Manly ‘want to sign Selwyn Cobbo for 2024’ as Broncos young gun prepares to face Sea Eagles in Magic Round… and Billy Slater hints teenager COULD play for Queensland this year
- Selwyn Cobbo has scored four tries in nine games for the Broncos this season
- 19-year-old has attracted interest from a number of clubs, including Manly
- Broncos take on Sea Eagles in Magic Round at Suncorp Stadium on Friday
- Queensland boss Billy Slater considering picking Cobbo for State of Origin
Manly are one of the clubs reportedly interested in signing teenage Broncos sensation Selwyn Cobbo, who could be handed a shock State of Origin debut next month.
The 19-year-old has scored four tries in nine appearances for Brisbane so far this season, putting himself firmly in contention for an Origin slot ahead of the series opener at Accor Stadium on June 8.
According to News Corp, the Sea Eagles are among the clubs looking to sign Cobbo for the 2024 season, but the Broncos have opened negotiations to keep him at Red Hill until the end of 2025 at least.
Brisbane coach Kevin Walters, who gave Cobbo his NRL debut last season, remains hopeful the Queenslander will commit his future to the club.
Selwyn Cobbo has attracted interest from a number of NRL clubs, including Manly
‘We are very hopeful we can keep him here,’ Walters said.
‘We see Selwyn as a long-term player for our club, we love what he brings, even at such a young age. He has played some great footy this year which is great for us as a team and great for Broncos fans.
‘Selwyn looks good in Maroon and we intend on keeping him here for many years.’
Cobbo, who is averaging 114 metres per game and has racked up four line breaks and 35 tackles busts through nine rounds, faces Manly when the the Sea Eagles take on the Broncos in Magic Round at Suncorp Stadium on Friday.
The teenager has been impressive for Brisbane this season and scored in the Broncos’ 32-12 win over South Sydney last week (above)
The Broncos winger has scored four tries in nine NRL games so far this season
The teenager bagged two tries in Brisbane’s 32-12 thrashing of Souths at Accor Stadium last week and he could feature again on the same stage next month in a Queensland jersey.
‘I have been so impressed with Selwyn Cobbo,’ Maroons coach Billy Slater, who was a year older than Cobbo when he made his Origin debut, said.
‘I will make a decision on Selwyn in a few weeks time, but for me, your age is your age and you only get experience in Origin by experiencing the actual game.
And Queensland coach Billy Slater (right) has hinted the teenager could feature in his State of Origin squad when the Maroons open the series at Accor Stadium on June 8
‘If we feel Selwyn is the best person to fill a position in our team, we’ll pick him, but if other people are better credentialed, then we will back those guys.
‘But age is not a concern for me. It is not a barrier for me.’
The eight-placed Broncos head into Magic Round looking for a fourth consecutive win, while seventh-placed Manly hope to clinch a second straight win.