Billy Slater has cautioned against moving Brisbane sensation Selwyn Cobbo into the position he himself mastered during a glittering NRL career.
Cobbo, 19, lit up Suncorp Stadium on Friday night as the Broncos upset South Sydney in the opening round.
While Cobbo blew a couple of scoring opportunities, he showed glimpses of the immense talent that has a number of experts likening him to Greg Inglis and Latrell Mitchell.
Cobbo lined up on Brisbane’s left wing, and formed a lethal combination with his inside centre Kotoni Staggs.
Many people – including rugby league Immortal Andrew Johns – believe the young gun will transition into a fullback, potentially before this season is out.
But Slater – arguably the best fullback to ever play the game – doesn’t want Brisbane to rush the move.
“I’m just not sure it’s the right move for him,” Slater said.
“It might be the right move for the team at the moment, but there’s a lot more to playing (fullback) than just running the football.
“He will learn that, and I’ve got no doubt he will move back there in time. But he’s got a great combination with Kotoni Staggs, and that right edge of the Broncos is lethal at the moment.
“For him to try build his game and build his career, I would do everything possible to keep him in that (wing) position for the moment.
“At the moment he is an out and out superstar on the wing, I’d leave him there.”