Baby Broncos face test to buck big rival offers
ONCE, loyalty was a two-way street - in the workplace and in sport.
If an employee was loyal to the boss, the boss would return favour to his worker.
But in this age of professionalism, loyalty means diddly squat. To the majority, anyway.
And two young guys at the Broncos - Jordan Kahu and Ashley Taylor - are currently caught up in this allegiance tug-of-war and have tough decisions to make in the not-too-distant future.
Kahu is 24 and yet to entrench himself in the NRL side while Taylor, at 20, is an undeniable star of the future.
Because of their respective ages, circumstances facing the players may appear unrelated. But the bottom line is that their immediate playing futures at the Broncos could be determined by factors other than their form.
Kahu has been at the club since 2010 and played NYC alongside fellow graduates Tariq and Korbin Sims, Lachlan Maranta, Corey Norman and Dane Gagai.
His NRL debut was in 2013, but despite his undisputed class he has made only 21 appearances in the top grade in the intervening three years.
For him, the issue has been injury, not form. Twice in pre-season trials injury has resulted in successive knee reconstructions, while last season he was again hurt and played just three NRL games.
This year the tale is similar, and Saturday night's outing in Canberra was his fourth for the season.
But despite that, clubs are circling. Kahu is a major talent and must decide whether to take the money and run - so to speak - or stay for less at a club that has continued to support and pay him through his adversity.
He is earmarked as the long-term replacement for Justin Hodges, who may or may not retire at the end of 2015, hence the 'will I stay or go' dilemma facing Kahu.
The Taylor story is a little different, but his future is equally blurred.
He has been in the Broncos' system from age 13 and training with the NRL training squad since last season.
And although the current Junior Kangaroos halfback is yet to taste the big time, he is also being wooed.
Taylor will be offered massive overs to go elsewhere because he is an exceptional talent and a rare commodity - a halfback with every skill in the book.
His issue with staying at Red Hill is that he sits behind incumbent young halves Ben Hunt and Anthony Milford, and an opportunity to play NRL may not open for years.
His quandary is whether to stay in the Broncos system, learn from the best in the business in Bennett, Langer and Lockyer, or chase the money, and opportunity, elsewhere.
Loyalty sure can be a dilemma.