Tallis expecting rising star Cory Oates to deliver
SOME experts believe teenager Corey Oates can be the future of the Brisbane Broncos.
Others, like former Broncos captain Gorden Tallis see him as a modern-day Gene Miles capable of playing in the centres or the back row.
That's a truckload of pressure to carry for a 19-year-old from Biloela, albeit one who stands 192cm and weighs 105kg, and who has played just nine NRL games.
Thrown on to the wing last season - a position he is unlikely to play too often as his career unfolds - Oates showcased his enormous potential by scoring eight tries, one of the few shining lights in a dark year for the Broncos who failed to make the NRL finals for only the second time in the last 21 seasons.
How good Oates (pictured) can be is anyone's guess, and what position he will eventually play is up for debate. What is clear, as Tallis told APN before Oates' first appearance of the season against the Sydney Roosters at Suncorp Stadium tonight, is that he is going to be a special player.
"One thing you can see about this kid is he's tough, real tough," Tallis said.
"You can tell that from the way he had a go last year when the chips were down. He played with guys who had played for their state and country, and he shone out."
Tallis said he disliked putting big raps on young players because it wasn't fair on them.
"But if you to ask me, if he (Oates) reminds me of any player, I'd have to say Gene Miles who was a big, strong raw-boned centre when he started playing," Tallis said.