Tallis renews
calls to shift Locky

Gorden Tallis has renewed calls for the Broncos to return Darren Lockyer to fullback ahead of this weekend's NRL season-opener against North Queensland.

Tallis says the extra demands placed on Lockyer in defence at five-eighth would erode his attacking ability. Lockyer has missed most of the Broncos' pre-season build-up following foot surgery but will lead the club in Sunday's derby at Suncorp Stadium.

Lock Tonie Carroll is expected to be officially scratched from the game tomorrow with Brad Thorn to receive an early reprieve.