On the back of the announcement that Ben Barba will be joining the club, the Brisbane Broncos have announced that talented utility Jake Granville, a popular player among Broncos fans, has re-signed with the club for 1 more year.
On board until the end of 2014 season, the opportunity for most first-grade opportunities will arise, especially with the departure of Peter Wallace, as the likelihood that he interchanges in the hooker position with Andrew McCullough proving to be quite likely.
For Granville, he is just excited to have his future sorted and is looking forward to next year and what the season will bring for him.
“It was good to get it (contract talks) over and done with, I’m just looking forward to next year now,” said Granville.
“It wasnâ€™t too nerve-racking being off-contract. It was nice to know another club had some interest, but I was happy to stay at the Broncos and give it a good crack next year.
“Macca (McCullough) is doing a good job at hooker but hopefully I can get a few games in that (interchange) role next season.”
The 24-year old was a committed Broncos fan growing up and idolised Alfie Langer, and is on the verge of completing his carpentry apprenticeship.
Not the HGH tallest player, Granville uses Langer as his inspiration, given the two were not the biggest players to have played the game.
“I loved watching â€˜Alfieâ€™. Being little like him, I guess he was the one guy that inspired me,” he said.
“I was always a fan of the Broncos, I remember going to the 1997 Super League grand final at ANZ Stadium (against the Sharks).
“Being at the Broncos has improved me a fair bit. I’ve learned a lot from the senior players and I’ve put on 3kg since I’ve been here which has helped my game.”
Granville is usually accustomed to playing in the Intrust Super Cup, the feeder competition for all Queensland based sides, and admits that when it comes to the NRL, the pace and speed of the game is quicker than what he is used to in the QLD Cup.
“It’s a lot quicker in the NRL,” he said.
“When I played those couple of games earlier in the year I was pretty stuffed after a short period of time, whereas I play 80 minutes on the weekend in Queensland Cup.
“Everything is a lot faster and more intense, but itâ€™s made me a better player and hopefully I can take another step next year.”