One dream fulfilled, but Kahu wants much more
BRONCOS debutant Jordan Kahu says he is prepared to fill any void created by the club's burgeoning injury crisis, quipping he will slot into the front row if asked.
His journey to first grade paved with pain and heartbreak after consecutive knee reconstructions in the past two seasons, the 22-year-old made a fairytale first appearance in the side's 32-26 loss to the Melbourne Storm on Friday night.
He said simply crossing the stripe was a dream come true and something he had been working towards his whole life.
Kahu slotted into the Broncos' right side following the withdrawal of Justin Hodges, who he described as his idol and the best centre in the world.
Coach Anthony Griffin told Kahu on Wednesday that he would make his debut, but it was kept under wraps to keep the spotlight off the youngster.
He said he had found it difficult to keep the news to himself and opted to have just a few close family and friends in the crowd, including his mother, Margaret, who flew in from New Zealand on the day of the game.
"Heaps of people were texting me asking for tickets to the game, asking if I was going," he said.
"I had to say 'yeah, I might be going'."
While Hodges is a good chance to return from a hamstring strain to take on the Titans on Friday, Kahu says he will do anything to maintain his starting spot - an understandable sentiment considering the torrid road he has travelled.
The side's injury toll mounted on Friday night when Josh Hoffman (achilles) and David Stagg (medial ligament) were both struck down. They are expected to miss the several weeks.
Asked if he would back himself to assume Hoffman's left-wing position, Kahu said he would do anything to stay in the top 13.
"If they gave me No.10 I'd play there," he said.
"I don't mind where I play in the team - I love being out there with the boys.
"Especially because they've been so supportive over the last couple of years.
"It was just good to give something back to them."
Kahu was solid without being spectacular in his first outing.
He admitted to being surprised by the pace of the game and was caught out early when drawn in by Billy Slater. That move opened up a hole for Junior Sa'u, who crossed for Melbourne's first try.
On the whole, Griffin said he was pleased with Kahu's effort, describing him as destined to play a lot more NRL football.