Oates wants forwards switch, but not that much
BRONCOS gun Corey Oates is not willing to sacrifice his NRL jersey for a switch to the forwards, saying he is happy to stay on the wing if it means he is in first grade.
The towering Brisbane winger was determined to move into the back row this year, working all pre-season to force his way into the Broncos' pack.
However, he was given an ultimatum by coach Wayne Bennett ahead of Round 1 to return to the wing or be dropped to the Intrust Super Cup.
Oates said the decision was a no-brainer.
While he still wants to push his case to become a second-rower, he is not willing to give up his NRL spot.
"I don't think it's the smartest decision (to play reserve grade)," Oates said. "If it's a first-grade jumper, I couldn't care where it is I play.
"If I get asked to play wing, I'm going to play wing. If I get asked to play back row, I'm going to play back row. It's really not a hard decision.
"Whatever is best for the team, you have to do that first. You can't be selfish in this line of work."
Oates did spend part of Monday's training session with the forwards, before moving into his wing spot outside Jordan Kahu.
He said Bennett had indicated to him that he should still run with the forwards group when he gets the opportunity and Oates said he will also continue to remind his coach of his goal.
"He just said if there's a spare five minutes to go jump in the forwards (group), just go jump in there," Oates said.
"That's what I'll be doing and keeping my options open.
"I'm always going to be throwing my name up.
"It was a confidence boost for myself in the pre-season to see if I could still (play in the back row) and I thought I was on the right path."
The Broncos were put through their paces in a very serious session at Red Hill on Monday, following their 34-12 loss to the Dragons last week.
Both Bennett and his assistant coach Kevin Walters could be heard barking orders at players across the morning.
There were also some concerns for star duo Darius Boyd and Matt Gillett, after the pair failed to complete training.
Gillett did not take part in any of the field session, working only in the gym, while Boyd did restricted training away from the main group.
A Brisbane spokesman said however that both will be fine to play in Friday's all-important showdown with the Cowboys at Suncorp Stadium.