A budding NRL pre-season partnership with Adam Reynolds has Billy Walters in the frame to wear the Brisbane No.6 jersey next season.
The 27-year-old was recruited by his father, Broncos coach Kevin Walters, for 2022 after a knee injury curtailed his time at Wests Tigers just as he was poised to established himself.
High-profile recruit Reynolds has been tasked with overseeing Brisbane’s return to their former glory as the experienced halfback.
Who plays alongside him remains an open race, with Walters the latest to audition in a field that includes Albert Kelly, Tyson Gamble, teenage bolter Ezra Mam and former Gold Coast Titans half Tyrone Roberts, who’s on a train and trial deal.
Kevin Walters won six NRL titles as a player, five of those at the Broncos.
His son is now poised to follow in his footsteps at Red Hill, a season after Ivan Cleary and son Nathan completed their family crusade to take Penrith to a premiership.
Reynolds began pre-season well ahead of schedule and admits the musical chairs alongside him has been a novel, but beneficial experience.
“I’m not too sure (who’ll be five-eighth next season),” he said on Wednesday.
“I’ve been training with Billy, have a good relationship with Albert and Tyson is experienced, a quality player.
“There’s a number of candidates there that can do the job.
“Ask Kev … he’s the man in charge with a clear idea of what’s going on.
“But any time you’re fighting for a position it’s healthy for the squad.
“It brings out the best in one and other; you do those one percenters a little more than you would.”
Gamble and Kelly both impressed when given their chances in the halves last season, Walters eventually losing patience with Anthony Milford and not offering him a new contract.
A supreme kicker and master game manager, Reynolds said he would be able to adapt to whoever gets the nod at five-eighth but he would potentially have a say on the matter.
“I’m an unselfish player, like to get everyone involved and any one of those boys complement my game,” he said.
“But Kev’s been terrific; he’s opened the door, allowed me to come in and have a bit to say, but I’ve still got to find my feet.”