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Roberts' NRL future is up to him: Seibold

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Brisbane coach Anthony Seibold has no issue with James Roberts staying at the Broncos, but it's up to the out-of-form centre to prove himself to the NRL club.

Following a poor start to the season, Roberts has been dropped along with Jamayne Isaako for Friday's clash with Manly as Seibold tries to get the Broncos flagging campaign back on track.

The NSW State of Origin representative's axing comes amid growing rumours Roberts is unhappy at the Broncos and is seeking a return to Sydney.

Seibold says his decision to axe Roberts was down to form and is not an indication of any falling out between the pair.

"He hasn't come to me and spoken about wanting to move or anything like that but at the end of the day we're an organisation that needs to choose our team on merit each week," the Broncos coach said.

"This week James isn't in it, next week he might be. We'll see how this group of 17 players goes."

Roberts, who has played with South Sydney, Penrith and Gold Coast, has a year and a half left on his Broncos contract.

Seibold says if the 26-year-old applies himself and shows a desire to perform for the club there's no reason he can't stay at Red Hill.

"When Jimmy's at his very best he's a State of Origin-quality player," Seibold said.

"It's my job to help him be at his very best and he's obviously got to want to be at his very best as well.

"This happens at every single team across every single sport where you make some decisions about giving players opportunities and taking some players out of the team."

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