Straight-shooting Arrow happy to bide his time
RUGBY LEAGUE: Take note Broncos fans – there is some good news to come from club legend Corey Parker’s retirement.
It means bright prospect Jai Arrow will be staying at Red Hill.
The 20-year-old Norths Devils star, who made an impressive NRL debut against the Sea Eagles in Round 10, reportedly had a number of clubs chasing his signature, most notably the Sharks.
But the Keebra Park State High School youngster has been in the Broncos system since he was 15 and is now settled there.
Not off contract until the end of 2017, Arrow is also set to play more minutes at Brisbane next year with Parker to retire at the end of this season.
“There’s always speculation around quality players, but Jai was never off contract and we never made contact with anyone,” his manager David Riolo told Australian Regional Media.
Arrow – who made 48m from five runs in 22minutes in his debut against Manly, then reeled off 23tackles in a 27-minute stint against the Tigers in Round 12 – has been talked up as being “the next Parker”.
But the level-headed youngster said that was the last thing on his mind.
“It’s relishing to hear people say that, but he (Parker) is coming to the end of his career and he’s done everything that I want to do in my career,” Arrow said.
“You can’t really compare me to him because he’s done so much. He’s played over 300 first-grade games and I’m only just starting out.
“He’s really good with all the young blokes at the club and that’s why he’s the captain.”
Arrow said the Broncos have looked after him and he has no immediate plans on changing clubs.
“I’m really happy at the Broncs and what they’ve done for me as a young bloke, I can’t ask for more,” he said.
“At the moment I’m not really thinking of going anywhere.
“They’re a great bunch of blokes and I’m very excited to be around the quality players the Broncos have.
“Wayne (Bennett) is a quality coach. I’m only young and I’m biding my time. If there’s more to come there is, but I’m just worried about playing good footy wherever I am.”
Arrow comes from a sports-mad family – his father played rugby league and his mother was a good sprinter.
“But I don’t play the game because my parents want me to, I play the game because I love it with a passion,” he said.