Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Locky to Be the Greatest

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Locky to Be the Greatest

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WITH Darren Lockyer to make his 300th NRL appearance for the Broncos - and soon re-sign with the club for the remainder of his career - even more milestones will be added to his already extensive list of achievements.

In Newcastle tomorrow night he will become the first in the Broncos' 22-year history to reach 300 NRL matches. That is an average of better than 20 games a season - a truly remarkable accomplishment over 15 seasons.

Lockyer has already made 310 first grade appearances, but the other 11 matches (nine Super League World Club Championships and two World Club Challenges) are not recognised by the NRL.

And what Broncos supporters may find incredible is the fact that when he inks his name on a new contract to stay at Red Hill until the end of 2011, Lockyer will become just the second player to remain a Bronco for life.

Of the 172 players to have worn a Broncos first-grade jersey, only Shane Webcke has started and finished his career at Red Hill and played nowhere else in between.

If Lockyer maintains his average for the remainder of this season and the next two, he will become the most-capped one-club player of all time - a record that may never be broken.

Andrew Ettingshausen holds the record - 328 games for the Sharks - but Lockyer could quite conceivably pass 350.

And with the salary cap now making the retention of star players just about impossible, the 350 milestone may never, ever be approached, let alone beaten.

Speed for Origin

WHEN he was in full flight few spectacles on a rugby league field compared with the blinding speed of Steve Renouf.

Greg Inglis, Matt Bowen, Brett Stewart and Billy Slater are like greased lighting, and even though I only saw him play once back in the 60s, Reg Gasnier was a sight to behold too. Andrew Ettingshausen was no slouch either.

But young Panthers centre Michael Jennings might just prove to be the daddy of them all.

The try he scored against the Titans on Monday night was simply scintillating.

Speed is one attribute not even the greatest mentors can coach and all indications now are that Jennings will soon ply his trade on the most demanding stage of all, State of Origin. …

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