McCullough hits back at reports Broncos are chasing Cook
BRISBANE rake Andrew McCullough is adamant Damien Cook won't be replacing him at the Broncos.
Reports suggest Cook could join Anthony Seibold at the Broncos when he signs his next contract, but McCullough won't be stepping aside for him.
"No definitely not I've dealt with bigger things in my life than worrying about that," McCullough said.
"I've got another three years, so I don't know where that has come from, but as Leonardo DiCaprio said in the Wolf of Wall Street, 'I'm not leaving."
McCullough is signed until the end of the 2021 season and with 236 games for the club, he has a real shot at making the magical 300-game milestone.
McCullough is refusing to look too far ahead, but is excited to start the 2019 season injury free and isn't concerned with any outside noise.
"I've dealt with this before a few years ago and it's probably a blessing in disguise for me," McCullough said of the conjecture around Cook.
"I've turned up in some of the best shape I have been in.
"I tried to bounce back from an AC injury last year and people need to understand that I missed three quarters of the pre-season.
"So it is just good to be back out there day one running and fully fit and trying to get back into it."
McCullough was outplayed by Cook in last year's Origin series and the Blues' hooker went on to claim the Kangaroos' No.9 jersey.
The Brisbane rake had an inconsistent 2018 campaign, but remains confident he will be better for an extended off-season.
"Personally I'm my own worst critic on the way I want to perform and get better," McCullough said.
"Different adversities come along in things like that and who knows where it comes from, but it is out of my control."
Another thing that is out of McCullough and his teammates control is who will be coaching the Broncos in 2019.
Reports suggest the Broncos' board are working to finalise a swap between Wayne Bennett and Anthony Seibold in time for next season.
"Wayne said he is contracted here and we will move forward and we don't need anymore media scrutiny around him and we can get on with it and he can deal with the guys upstairs," McCullough said.
"It's not ideally how you want to start the preseason, but in saying that you look throughout the whole NRL and different clubs go through different dramas and circumstances.
"You just have to get on with it as a group and we all have to mix in and evolve our game and adapt to some new guys coming into this team."
However if as expected Bennett and Seibold did swap, could McCullough see himself playing for a new coach next season?
"Yes that's the nature of the game," McCullough said.
"If it comes to that, it is a business where you adapt to different circumstances and players come and go throughout the year as well and they have to play to style, so that's no different to coaches.
"You just work with what you've got."