With the pressure being on both Darren Lockyer and Peter Wallace to make the big plays for the Â Broncos in season 2011, it is one of their younger players, their hooker Andrew McCullough that is willing to step up to the plate when needed.
McCullough, who is the Broncos hooker has been inconsistent at times since he started in the NRL, but he believes that he is ready to take the next step, and is ready to make the big plays when needed to take the pressure off Lockyer and Wallace.
“Taking on more responsibility is something (coach) Ivan (Henjak) has spoken to me about,” said McCullough.
“I want to help out the halves a lot more with some kicking and other things rather than just hand it off to Darren or Pete.
“They’ve given me a bit more rein along with Ivan.”
For McCullough, he says that if he sees an opportunity, or feels that he can inject himself into the game at some stage, he will do just that, and look to create something.
“(Lockyer) is really good about that kind of thing if you see something going on,” said McCullough.
“Those blokes are good like that, they don’t get up if you do something in the game and it doesn’t come off.
“It takes the pressure off them and it’s also good for my game.”
McCullough, who played in his 50th NRL game of his career when the Broncos played the Raiders in their last game of the 2010 season, has some goals, with one taking preface over others – consistency.
McCullough himself knows that he has to be more consistent over the course of the season, and that is one aspect of his game that he is desperately trying to change.
“I need a big year,” he admitted.
“I had an all right year in ’09 (when he was club rookie of the year) but was a bit inconsistent last year. I’d play a good game and then be down on form the next week.
“That’s something I need to get right this year and I think I’ve been doing everything right at training so far to prepare me.”