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Michaels fights his way back for Broncos

By Wayne Heming 29/04/2010 03:55:32 PM Comments (0)

Determined flyer Steve Michaels has won his battle to reclaim a back line position in Brisbane's NRL side.

Broncos coach Ivan Henjak confirmed after the team's final training session at Red Hill on Thursday morning that the 23 year-old would make his first appearance of the season in the centres against Newcastle at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

Michaels' career has been dogged by several major injuries after he played every minute of every game in 2007.

His 2008 was cut short after suffering a season-ending knee injury and last year he was again in the wars with a wrist injury before losing his spot in the side as Brisbane went through a bad streak.

"He's a natural centre and it will give us a few more forwards on the bench," said Henjak, explaining the late reshuffle.

Utility Alex Glenn, meanwhile, will step into another role for the Broncos deputising for injured hooker Andrew McCullough.

Proving his versatility, Glenn has played in several different positions but none as important as his dummy half role against the Knights.

"He's been a godsend to us being so versatile," said Henjak who has half his side on the sidelines through injuries.

"I think those players are so important in this era of footy where you don't have the depth you once had and you need players to be able to fill in for injuries.

"He's done that for us."

Glenn, one of several young players signed from Brisbane's under 20 ranks, is exceptionally fit but Henjak admitted it would be a big ask to expect him to go 80 minutes like some of the game's more experienced hookers.

"I'm not sure we'll get 80 minutes from him in that position. It's a tough ask to anyone to get through 80 minutes," he said.

"Only the seasoned dummy halves usually get that.

"We've got some cover for him, but if he he's going ok and we're controlling the footy he may get some extra time."

Winger Denan Kemp will make his comeback a month after busting three ribs against the Warriors.

Kemp passed a fitness test on Thursday and will play in place of injured youngster Antonio Winterstein (hamstring).

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