Retirement not on menu for new Broncos recruit
REDCLIFFE Dolphins and Broncos recruit Jon Green wants to make one thing clear - he hasn't retired from first-grade rugby league.
A torn ligament in his foot restricted him to just two games with the Sharks in 2013, but the 28-year-old said that did not push him to hang up his boots despite that news circulating in Cronulla at season's end.
"I never announced my retirement and I have no intentions of retiring just yet," Green told APN.
"I'm not sure where all that came from, to be honest. I'll be training with the Broncos for the next 17 months, and I've signed with Redcliffe for a year.
"I'm keen to play good footy this year after a frustrating 2013.
"I pulled my hamstring in the pre-season, and then suffered a ligament tear in my foot.
"But the body is feeling good now.
"I just want to train hard and play good footy with Redcliffe, and if an opportunity comes to play with the Broncos, then I'll put my hand up."
The Broncos suffered up front last year following the retirement of club legend Petero Civoniceva at the end of the 2012 season.
Captain Sam Thaiday was forced to play in the front row with Josh McGuire and Ben Hannant sidelined for long periods with injury.
That means Green could well be in the running to pull on a Brisbane jersey this year.
"I'm only turning 29 this year, and I just want to help out any way I can," he said.
"I want to get back to playing my best footy, like the way I played at the Dragons under Wayne Bennett when we won the premiership (in 2010).
"We just played simple footy then, and that's the way I like to play.
"I feel like I'll be able to do that under Anthony Griffin at the Broncos, who I think is a good coach."
Green, who has played 65 NRL games, has been a journeyman for most of his life, but said he had never been one to feel homesick.
He grew up in Beenleigh before moving to Perth with his family at a young age.
He even played Aussie rules for three years in WA before going back to rugby league with his brother at South Perth and making some state teams.
"I've moved around a lot, but I wouldn't swap it for any other life," Green said.