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Hello 'Saint' Sailor

By Wayne Heming 31/05/2008 12:45:11 PM Comments (0)

In-form Broncos hooker Michael Ennis says the prospect of former Test winger Wendell Sailor making his NRL comeback against his former coach Wayne Bennett next week would create considerable hype.

"If he's picked it will spice things up but I don't think it will concern us too much," said Ennis.

"He's a quality player who's been out of the game for a little while but from all reports he's adapting to being back in the game.

"If he gets a run, we'll obviously have to talk about him and defend him but I don't think it will change the way we're going to play."

Sailor played all his 209 NRL games for Brisbane under Bennett.

He is being tipped to make his comeback to first grade against the Broncos at WIN Stadium on Friday night after serving a two-year drug ban for cocaine use.

He hasn't played in the NRL since 2001 when he switch to rugby union.

He has stripped off several kilograms in the past few months and has been preparing for the big day by playing for the Shellharbour Marlins in the NSW Jim Beam Cup.

If Nathan Brown selects him, it would create a frenzy with Sailor such a media magnet.

"I wasn't here (Broncos) when Wendell was at the club but I've met him and he's a pretty nice fellow," said Ennis.

The players were still on a high at recovery on Saturday after their thrilling win which Ennis rated the equal of Brisbane's golden point win against the Titans last season.

"It was a good win, it went right down to the wire and looked like it would go into golden point for a while," said Ennis.

"Wins are hard to come by any time in this comp especially after losing two in a row and having to sit on it for a fortnight with the bye.

"It stays with you and plays in your head for a few weeks so it was nice to get back into winners' circle."

Given Brisbane's tough week off the field with Ben Hannant signing with the Bulldogs and winger Denan Kemp, who scored a club record equalling four tries after announcing on the eve of the game he was joining the Warriors, the performance was outstanding.

"I just think it's the way the game is heading with the salary cap and you have to be professional about it," said Ennis who is expected to join the club's exodus.

"Obviously we're a pretty tight group here this year and it's a good indication of where the team is at.

Ennis said there hadn't been any talk of winning the premiership for any players or even Bennett.

"It's easy to talk about, another thing is doing it," he said.

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