Brisbane great Steve Renouf believes Payne Haas would be a great choice for the NRL club’s captaincy in 2021 despite an off-field indiscretion last weekend.
Haas was arrested after an alleged incident with police in the northern NSW town of Tweed Heads last Saturday.
The NSW and Australia representative is set face Tweed Heads local court next week on charges of offensive language and intimidating police, and is also the subject of an NRL integrity unit investigation.
While the club has expressed disappointment in the 21-year-old representative forward’s actions, it’s understood Haas is still a contender for the Broncos’ captaincy under new coach Kevin Walters.
If he was handed the role, it’d be a decision that wouldn’t bother four-time premiership winner Renouf.
“He does it physically on the field anyway. He’s their number one player,” Renouf told AAP after being named in a Deadly Maroons 40-year Origin team of Queensland’s best Indigenous State of Origin representatives.
“He has been for the last couple of years.
“He might not talk as much but our most successful captain was Allan Langer, he didn’t do much talking … we had Kevin Walters. So Kevvie did all the talking, Alf did all the work by leading by example.
“Payne Haas can be that player. He has the presence … there was a hiccup the other week, I don’t think there’s much in that.
“I think he’d be great.”
After watching the once-mighty Broncos slump to their first wooden spoon in club history last year, Renouf is delighted by how former teammate Walters’ transformation at Red Hill has begun.
“I had a beer with the boys before Christmas, Kevvie and his coaching staff and Alf and I’ve got every faith that that group will do a good job,” he said.
“They’re good people and the boys will react to that.”