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Kemp coming home to Broncos

By Wayne Heming 16/09/2009 11:54:12 AM Comments (0)

Speedster Denan Kemp is returning to Brisbane after a lean NRL season with the Warriors in which his try scoring talents dried up.

After scoring 20 tries in Bronco colours in 2008, Kemp crossed just once in 10 games for the Warriors during a frustrating season in which he struggled to find his best form.

He successfully negotiated a release from the final year of his contract with the Warriors and Brisbane are more than happy to throw him a one year lifeline in a bid to rekindle his career.

With international fullback Karmichael Hunt leaving next year to play AFL, Kemp, 22, could prove a handy and pick up for Brisbane who've unearthed exciting wing prospects Jharal Yow Yeh and Antonio Winterstein.

Winterstein, who will clash with his childhood hero Wendell Sailor on Saturday night, has played every game this year on the right wing.

Kemp is a specialist winger but he played a handful of his 28 games in 2008 at fullback for the Broncos and he could be a handy recruit until the likes of teenager Josh Hoffman grow into the No.1 jumper.

While 87kg Kemp may not have the class of Melbourne's Billy Slater, he has the same high speed and energy as the dashing Storm fullback.

"We haven't signed him for any specific position but we like him as a person and he is looking to rekindle his career," Broncos chief executive told AAP.

"It's great have him back and he will put pressure on those positions because he can play wing and fullback and even other positions.

"I'm sure he'll have a great shot at trying to regain a spot in the top 17 but if he doesn't he will certainly be a handy player to have around when there is injuries and State of Origin.

"It's not as though we're buying someone and hoping they can play, we know he can play football.

"The New Zealand experience didn't work for him, he probably just didn't adapt to being away from friends and family and we're more than happy to have him back.

"He was never a problem for us and if he can reproduce his best he will be a great acquisition for us."

It's believed Kemp was so keen to get back to Brisbane he has re-signed at the "right price" and will not add any extra strain on the club's salary cap as they look to sign players for coming seasons.

Meanwhile, Brisbane assistant coach Paul Green has confirmed he will step into his first head coaching role next season with Queensland Cup side Wynnum Manly.

The former Queensland Origin halfback who has been on Brisbane's coaching staff since 2004 takes over from Shane McNally in the Seagulls job next year.

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