THE Ipswich Jets most dangerous player Luke Capewell yesterday agreed to a one-year deal with the Brisbane Broncos.
The Queensland-born youngster, who has previously played NRL football with South Sydney and is currently with the Gold Coast Titans, will provide some solid utility value for the larger Broncos’ squad.
Broncos’ head coach Anthony Griffin said Capewell would prove a handy acquisition with his ability to fill several roles.
“Luke is an elite young player – he has played over 30 NRL games and only turned 22 this year,” he said.
“He can play anywhere from halfback to fullback so he can certainly fill plenty of positions for us.”
Born in Charleville in south-western Queensland, Capewell made his NRL debut for the Rabbitohs at just 19 years of age in 2008, playing for the club until the end of the 2010 season.
Capewell will begin training with the Broncos when the next pre-season gets underway later this year.
“I’m not surprised he’s signed with an NRL club,” Jets co-coach Ben Walker said.
Capewell has started for the Titans in the past two games but Walker was critical of the club when it chose to bring Mat Rogers out of retirement, rather than give Capewell a start last month.
Seemingly it was only Rogers’ subsequent foot injury that led to Capewell’s reinstatement in the Titans first grade team.
“The Titans are now probably thinking it would be nice if they had him (for next year),” Walker said.
“He could possibly be the one that got away.
“He’s only 22 and could be there for the long term with a club.”
The Titans’ loss could be the Jets’ short-term gain, with Walker uncertain if his signing with the Broncos would see Capewell sent back to the Jets for the rest of the season.
If that is the case, Walker has no doubt it will be a fully committed Capewell the club gets for the rest of its 2011 campaign.
“Speaking with him last week, he said he wants to come back and win a grand final,” Walker said.
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