Ben Hannant keen to re-assert himself at the Broncos

He left the Broncos to play for the Bulldogs, before saying that homesickness was the main reason behind his move back to the Broncos.

The 25 year old wants to join the list that contains some of the greatest forwards to have played for the Broncos in Petero Civoniceva, Shane Webcke, Andrew Gee and Glenn Lazarus.

“There’s a lot of history at this club with a lot of great forwards and I want to live up to the expectation of that,” Hannant said after Brisbane’s first official day of pre-season training.

Still on the mend as he recovers from strained Achilles and ankle injuries respectively, Hannant is keen to re-pay the Broncos for taking him back, as he looks to build on his solid efforts at the Bulldogs.

“Definitely … I really enjoyed the responsibility in Sydney of learning and growing into a senior player and that’s something I’m excited about bringing back to this club,” said Hannant, whose first Brisbane stint lasted 69 games.

“I had the same expectation when I went down to Sydney and played with a team (the Bulldogs) that was struggling in the front row.

“I was a young kid coming through, just starting rep football and I really enjoyed the responsibility of leading the pack around.

“There’s a lot of experience in this (Brisbane) pack with (Shane) Tronc and Nick Kenny and then you’ve got the back row of Sam Thaiday and Corey Parker who’ve got a ton of experience between them.

“We have to make sure we stay consistent and dominate in the middle.

“We’ve got a long time to get that right because we don’t start playing until February-March so we can build a good tight bond within the forwards and be firing by then.”

With Hannant’s return to the front row for the Broncos, the club are hopeful he can act as a mentor for young and upcoming players like Matt Gillett and David Hala.

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