Seibold reveals his big Broncos regret

Broncos coach Anthony Seibold has admitted he could have handled the intense spotlight in Brisbane better in his first year at the club.

The Broncos were bundled out in the first week of the finals by the Eels in 2019 bringing an end to a tumultuous first season at Red Hill for Seibold, who had a running battle with the media at times.

“There is certainly a spotlight up here and there is plenty of commentary, but that is good. That’s fun,” Seibold told Channel 10.

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“I got a little bit agitated at times last year where I thought some things got personal, but outside of that I try and enjoy it as much as I can.”

Now in his third year as a first grade coach after beginning with the Rabbitohs in 2018, Seibold admits he was overworked in 2019 due to his intense approach.

With another year under his belt and with his family now by his side in Brisbane, Seibold believes in hindsight he should have focused more on building relationships in his first year in charge.

“I should have spent that first four, five, six weeks getting to know the players a little bit better,” Seibold said.

“I think I should have potentially focused on the relationships rather than the Xs and Os.

“I would go home for dinner and then come back to work until 9.30 to 10.00pm and then be back in at 5am in the morning.”

Two players that hold the key to the Broncos chances in 2020 were also two of their most disappointing last season in Anthony Milford and Jack Bird.

Milford struggled to be a playmaker at No.6 before being shifted to fullback, but he is back in his preferred position and with an organising half in Brodie Croft by his side.

Seibold believes the new set-up will suit Milford’s game and allow him to take the competition by storm.

Coach Anthony Seibold talks tactics with his players during a Broncos training session.Source:Getty Images

“I was asked my tip for the Dally M at the season launch and I tipped Milford,” Seibold said.

“That wasn’t to put pressure on him, but I think he has set himself up for a big year.”

Milford’s old spot at fullback will be filled by Bird and Seibold revealed the brain child for the move was an unlikely source.

“Matt Lodge said to me one day that Jack Bird could be a really good fullback,” Seibold said.

“I slept on it for a couple of nights and then I said Jack do you want to give it a go?”

Now in the second year of his five-year-deal, Seibold knows the Broncos expect results and that is what is driving him this season.

“I do everything I can to get success,” Seibold said.

“But I also understand that you are only in the position for a finite period of time.”

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