Brisbane Broncos coach Kevin Walters has confirmed his son Billy will make his club debut wearing the No.6 jersey when they face South Sydney in round one.
The Broncos are priced at 11/4 begin the 2022 NRL campaign with a win over Souths and Billy Walters has got the nod to start after new signing Adam Reynolds was ruled out.
Reynolds is pretty much guaranteed to hold the No.6 when he is fully fit but after failing a fitness test he has been denied the opportunity to face the club he left at the end of 2021.
It means Billy Waters will get the chance to play in the halves alongside Albert Kelly and Kevin says his son has got the skills to shine.
"I'm extremely proud with my Dad's hat on; whether it's NRL or any level it makes you feel warm and proud and I'm no different," Walters told reporters ahead of the game.
"It's a great opportunity for Bill, I know he'll play the football he's capable of and it'll be great for the team."
Walters says it is inevitable there will one or two cries of nepotism from the critics but is backing his son to do his talking on the pitch.
"The only way to silence all the doubters is for Billy to go out and play the way he can play," Walters added.
"But it's not about what other people think. There's a famous line from Wayne Bennett; 'if you start listening to the punters you'll become one sitting with them'."