Jack Bird may have been signed by the Broncos to play five-eighth next year, but Mr. Fix-it Kodi Nikorima has surely given the Broncos food for thought during his recent stint at halfback in place of the injured Ben Hunt.
It would appear the Broncos have been impressed, with Nikorima in talks for a contract extension, according to a Fox Sports report.
It’s suggested that Nikorima has an option in his favour for next year, but the Broncos aren’t too fussed, having already commenced negotiations on an extension until the end of 2019.
Should he sign on, the next question will be where he plays. With fullback Darius Boyd, five-eighth Anthony Milford, and hooker Andrew McCullough all certainties to keep their positions for next year, it would appear Nikorima and Bird will be competing for the same vacant halves spot in 2018.
Both players could easily fit in the same team – Bird could play centre, and Nikorima could play from the bench – but the battle to line up in the halves alongside Milford will likely shape as one of the big stories of next year’s preseason.