KEVIN Walters may be known as a big of a prankster but Kodi Nikorima says his serious side has been helping the young Broncos’ halfback.
Nikorima will get his first shot at owning the Broncos’ number-seven jersey this year.
It has been a different pre-season for Nikorima, with Ben Hunt’s departure opening the way for him to assume the spot full time.
That focus on the one position and Walters’ return to the coaching staff have been added bonuses.
“’Kevvie’ is a bit of fun but also he has a serious side,” said Nikorima.
“He has been good for me and ‘Mill’ (Anthony Milford) and the other young halves here, so hopefully that shows going forward.
“It is great for my preparation just training in the one position
“Compared to the last couple of years, where I was training at half, hooker, fullback or wing.
“It is definitely a lot better.”
And after some consultation with coach Wayne Bennett, Nikorima said he had been working on a couple of specific areas as he aims to fill the gap in his own way.
“Ben Hunt has left a big hole in this team,” he admitted.
“The big thing he brought to this side was his talk and his kicking game.
“That talk is one thing I have been working on during the pre-season.
“I spoke to Wayne (Bennett) about it and that is why I have been doing drills with the forwards at the end of training.”
Nikorima said he hoped to play in the Broncos’ two final trials, against the Titans (in Toowoomba on February 17) and in Papua New Guinea the following week.