CHANGING CODES: Lachlan Maranta of the Brisbane Broncos scores a try in round 16.
CHANGING CODES: Lachlan Maranta of the Brisbane Broncos scores a try in round 16. DAN PELED

Ex-Wallaby slams Maranta code switch

FORMER Wallaby Greg Martin says Brisbane Bronco Lachan Maranta's switch to the Queensland Reds is the "worst signing of my life”.

Maranta has reportedly played his final game for the Broncos and is expected to be unveiled soon as another new signing of the Queensland Super Rugby franchise after Quade Cooper.

"If Wayne Bennett is prepared to get rid of his godson and his former PA's son ... that would indicate that he's a crap player,” Martin said on Brisbane radio.

Maranta has scored 30 tries in 70 games for the Broncos since debuting in 2012, but he has played only eight games this season after a knee injury kept him out early on.

"It's the last thing the Reds need because if there is something that Queensland Rugby has got everywhere - through youth and school rugby - it's exciting young wingers.

"And we pick up a dud who the Broncos want to get rid of because he's had a knee injury.”

Maranta also took aim at another ex-league star signed by the Reds last year, former St George Illawarra outside back Eto Nabuli.

"They picked up a dud last year - that Eto Nabuli,” Martin said.

"He might be six-foot-six and fast but you've still got to be able to play. You've got to have some natural ability for rugby.”

Martin was pleased with the Reds' signing of Wallaby five-eighth Quade Cooper to a three-year deal.

"I know he's had his problems. He's now 28 years of age, he's mature,” Martin said.

"Quade's ready to go and that's what the Reds really need.”


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