Broncos tightlipped at NRL season review

Brisbane players David Fifita, Matt Lodge, Payne Haas and Joe Ofahengaue arrive for the meeting.
Brisbane players David Fifita, Matt Lodge, Payne Haas and Joe Ofahengaue arrive for the meeting.

Unlike their effort in the NRL elimination final, Brisbane refused to give anything away at their end-of-season review on Wednesday.

TV cameras have been planted and reporters converged on Broncos headquarters at Red Hill following reports heads would roll at the players' meeting after their humiliating finals exit.

Especially after it had emerged six senior players had left the team hotel to play poker machines at a Sydney pub without coach Anthony Seibold's knowledge until after 11pm on the eve of their record 58-0 loss to Parramatta.

It was not a good look.

But arguably the fact no one was made available to speak to reporters about what was described by one media outlet as a "crisis meeting" was just as unflattering.

Serious questions had emerged after Brisbane's worst finals loss in history.

And it seemed even more had to be asked after the pokies drama.

Has Seibold lost the Broncos dressing room?

Do the Brisbane players lack leadership?

Then there is speculation about the future of some Broncos players.

There are also reports veteran Darius Boyd will step down as captain.

Veteran hooker Andrew McCullough and highly paid fullback Anthony Milford were reportedly on thin ice even before they were both implicated in the pokies controversy.

But in contrast to the Parramatta showing, Brisbane held firm on Wednesday.

Despite initial speculation CEO Paul White would front, the Broncos did not speak to the media at the end-of-season review, ensuring a media circus outside Clive Berghofer Centre.

With access to the Broncos' car park off limits, TV cameras and photographers peered over a neighbouring fence just to catch a glimpse of the players.

Wary players did not seem surprised by the media scrum as they came and went in silence.

However, some support staff did.

"Is there a rock star here? Is there a royal visit?" one was overheard asking at the Broncos headquarters' cafe.

The outcome of the review may not be known for months.

But like the players seen chancing their arm in Sydney pub Harpoon and Hotel Harry's gaming lounge on Saturday night, fans are hoping what may be a new-look Broncos will have their eyes on the prize in 2020.

Australian Associated Press