Justin Hodges claimed Brisbane could win one or two more titles before he retired after re-signing along with fellow 31-year-old co-captain Corey Parker.
Even injury-plagued veteran Justin Hodges admitted it was a “big call” for the Broncos to re-sign him for another two NRL seasons.
But after inking a deal along with fellow 31-year-old co-captain Corey Parker until the end of the 2016 season, Hodges made his own bold declaration – Brisbane will win “one or two” premierships before he retires.
“The reason that keeps me here is another premiership,” Hodges said.
“Hopefully before Corey and I hang up the boots we get at least another one or two.
“We have the cattle to do it.”
Hodges has just returned from an eight-month layoff nursing a ruptured Achilles.
It is the latest in a string of injuries that have limited him to 160 games in 11 seasons for Brisbane and 217 overall including a four-year stint at the Sydney Roosters (2002-05) since his 2000 NRL debut.
“There have been challenges especially the latest injury,” said Hodges.
“But thanks goes to the club for showing faith in me to get back and play some footy.
“It is a big call on their behalf to re-sign me for two years but I will do everything in my power to repay them.
“I still think there is some good footy ahead of me.
“There are some young blokes at the club that hopefully Corey and I help take to the next level.
“And they are making us feel young.”
Asked if it was his last contract, Hodges said: “Hopefully not.
“But it all depends on the body.”
At 284 games, Parker said breaking Darren Lockyer’s 355-match club record was “feasible”.
“But it’s not something I am looking to break,” he said.
“To still be living the dream with an opportunity to play 300 games at one club is something that is very dear to me.”
Parker and Hodges – the first co-captains in Brisbane’s 26-year history – have helped spark a Broncos on-field revival in 2014.
Enduring their longest premiership drought and coming off their worst season in history, the six-time premiers are fifth on the ladder (4-3 record) ahead of Friday night’s Suncorp Stadium clash with South Sydney.
“We were lucky enough to get that (last premiership) in ’06,” Parker said.
“The feeling of satisfaction that you get when you win a comp is what keeps you playing.
“There are a lot of things we need to do right to achieve it but it is on our ‘to do’ list.”