LAST SEASON: Corey Parker of the Broncos is tackled against the Storm.
LAST SEASON: Corey Parker of the Broncos is tackled against the Storm. TRACEY NEARMY

'Good vibe' at Broncos ahead of Parker's farewell

RUGBY LEAGUE: The fact it is a school night may prevent some families with young children attending Corey Parker's Suncorp Stadium farewell against the Sydney Roosters, but there will still be about 40,000 turning out on Thursday night to thank Parker for his 16 years' service to the Broncos when he plays his last home game before his last NRL finals campaign.

Parker has done well to avoid the emotion of his farewell game but finally admitted it was starting to sink in that his incredible playing career with not just Brisbane but also Queensland and Australia was drawing to an end.

"It's crept up rather quickly, to be honest,” said Parker of his big day.

"There's a few emotions going on at the moment but obviously I knew this day was going to come and hopefully it will be a nice night.

"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't sad on one hand that it's all going to come to an end this year, but on the other hand I am very excited about what the future brings.

"I've got no regrets, I'm happy with my decision.

"It's all I have done for my professional life so it's an odd feeling to think next year I won't be doing it.”

Parker is hoping to exit rugby league with a second NRL premiership after being part of the 2006 side that upset Melbourne in the grand final.

After their impressive win over the Storm in Melbourne last week, confidence is high among the Broncos players, who may have to create history to win the premiership from outside the top four, unless the Cowboys (currently fourth with the Broncos and Bulldogs on 30 points but ahead on points difference) drop their last game to the Titans, who also need to win to stay in the top eight.

The Roosters have a formidable side with a very powerful pack but Parker said there was a "very good vibe” going on at Red Hill after Brisbane produced a great defensive game to win its fourth match in a row.

Hooker Andrew McCullough, who has been so instrumental in Brisbane's post-Origin revival, failed to train after rolling his ankle against the Storm.

"Macca's on ice at the moment but he'll be fine,” said the skipper.

Parker said while the players couldn't help but look at the ladder to see who they might play in the first round of the finals, he said the simple solution was to "just keep winning”.

"There's a lot of hypotheticals that can happen going into the last round with the minor premiership, top four and who makes the top eight,” he said.

"We can still finish fourth so we just have to win on Thursday night and sit back and watch what happens.”

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