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HAVING Wayne Bennett as a lifelong mentor has been a source of unwavering strength for Brisbane Broncos winger Lachlan Maranta.

The grandson of club founding chairman Barry Maranta and son of former Brisbane winger Brett Plowman has always found the seven-time premiership-winning coach’s advice just a phone call or knock on the door away.

“Not football-wise. It was more to do with helping out in school and stuff like that,” Maranta said.

“I knew he was always there for a chat or a phone call.”

This pre-season, for the first time in Maranta’s 22 years, there is a new dynamic in their relationship.

Bennett has never coached the young winger who made his NRL debut for the Broncos in 2012 when Brisbane’s inaugural coach was in charge at Newcastle.

“It’s a dream come true. I missed out by about two years the first time and now he’s finally here it’s surreal.”

Maranta, whose mother Robyn worked at the Broncos, grew up at the club’s Red Hill base.

Bennett has known him since birth and remembers the young flyer making his first run for junior club Wests at Bardon, not far down the road from Broncos headquarters.

“He’s a family friend,” Bennett said.

“That does make it different, knowing a lot more about him than the other blokes.

“He’s been part of the Broncos since he was a boy. He was always here during school holidays.

“He’s a well-balanced, well, not a boy, he’s a man now.”

Familiarity will not guarantee Arsenal jersey 2015 Maranta a position at the end of the backline for the Broncos’ Round 1 appointment with South Sydney.

Maranta, Dale Copley, Jordan Kahu and Daniel Vidot will fight for the two wing spots during the pre-season, with Maranta and Kahu also in the mix to start the year at fullback after Darius Boyd injured his Achilles' tendon last week.

He scored five tries from 16 matches last season, but is aware that the job demands more than just being a strong Authentic Manchester united jersey finisher.

Maranta has shown he can be safe under the high ball, and has worked on his passing in stints at five-eighth and centre in the Intrust Super Cup with Norths.

Speed, however, will be crucial to his selection chances.

The Broncos Real Madrid James jersey have lacked searing pace and Maranta sought the assistance of Commonwealth Games triple jumper Linda Leverton to develop that aspect of his game.

Leverton coached athletics last season at Gregory Terrace, the GPS school at which Maranta was once a member of the track and field team.

“In 2013 we had injuries at the club and I was the last (winger) standing,” he said.

“I have a tendency to get complacent. I expected to be there

“Then we had Vidot come Chelsea jersey 2014 2015 up, and Jordy Kahu.

“But I’m glad there’s competition.

“You’ve always got to better yourself, particularly after the year we had last year.


“Whatever edge I can get on anyone coming into pre-season is a bonus.”

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