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Bird out to prove point as Broncos centre


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Jack Bird says he will be out to prove a point at left centre for Brisbane this NRL season after getting welcome clarity on his position from new coach Anthony Seibold.

The former NSW star arrived at the Broncos in 2018 amid much fanfare on a four year deal reportedly worth almost $4 million.

But the ex-Cronulla premiership winner did not deliver bang for Brisbane's buck, limited to just eight games due to shoulder and sternum injuries.

Then there was the issue of where to play Bird as he was shifted from centre to the halves and back again during his limited time on the field.

Now fully fit, Bird said he was focused on forming a devastating combination with NSW centre James Roberts in the Broncos backline after Seibold indicated that is where he'll play.

"Last year was one to forget but it makes me stronger," Bird said.

"I have had injuries before ...but last year was pretty tough for myself both mentally and physically.

"But I have overcome that. I am confident I can prove to everyone that I can get back to the footy I know I am capable of playing."

Bird said it was a relief to finally know where he would slot into the Broncos side.

"To be honest I haven't played a lot of footy in the past year so I wouldn't know what my best position is for this team," he said.

"But I am happy to play at left centre if that is best for the team.

"Ever since I was young I have always been shopping around in positions, I was playing back-row, centre, fullback, five-eighth.

"To have the clarity is something that you need coming into an NRL competition - I am comfortable and confident with it (left centre)."

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