Peter Sterling pinpoints what Broncos are ‘forfeiting’ after letting Andrew McCullough walk

Rugby League legend Peter Sterling says Knights signing Andrew McCullough showed in one game against the Sea Eagles exactly why the Broncos were mad to let him go.

The 30-year-old hooker was crucial to his new side’s 14-12 victory over Manly on Sunday afternoon, while his old club failed to close out their game against the Warriors despite leading 16-12 with seven minutes remaining.

“When you buy experience it presents itself in so many different ways,” Sterling said on Wide World of Sports’ Sterlo’s Wrap.

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“A couple of different plays [on the weekend] show exactly what Newcastle have bought [McCullough]. Firstly, scoring the try.

“But his one-on-one [try-saving] tackle on a big man in Brad Parker, that’s great defence, great awareness to know he needed to be there.

“And what about his chase on the final play of the game. He raced 70 metres to be the man in the right place in the right time [to stop the try].

“When you buy experience, that’s what you buy. You buy awareness, you buy desperation and they’re a couple of the attributes that the Broncos are missing.

“When you allow an Andrew McCullough to go elsewhere, you are forfeiting.”


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Sterling’s comments were echoed by Broncos founder Barry Maranta who claims that the Brisbane club had shunned his offers to help.

“I’ve tried to get the message across,” Maranta said to 2GB’s Wide World of Sports Radio.

“There are people like John Ribot, Chris Johns, Shane Edwards, there’s a lot of people that want to help, but for some reason there’s a feeling that we’re all persona non-grata.

The Broncos let McCullough go only to sign Issac Luke.Source:Getty Images

“We’re not necessarily recognised as being able to help. Now perhaps they’ve got very good reasons for coming to that conclusion, but it’s disappointing that it’s a bit of a them versus us stage, when it should be something you’re all in together because this is when it is tough.

“We hoped that we gave some longevity to what we’d created, but clearly I’m puzzled as to exactly what the Broncos of today stand for and that disappoints me.”

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