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Bird ready for position switch on return

By Darren Cartwright 10/08/2010 06:17:23 PM Comments (0)

Gold Coast five-eighth Greg Bird says conceding his regular spot to in-form NRL veteran Mat Rogers will have little effect on his style of play when the Titans take on North Queensland at Skilled Park on Saturday.

Bird returns from a hamstring injury and is expected to be redeployed to lock to prevent upsetting team balance after three straight wins.

He said coach John Cartwright had yet to make his playing structure known but he considered it a given that Rogers would be playing at five-eighth.

"Carty hasn't really given me any idea about what he is doing, but the way Mat's going I will be in the pack," Bird said.

"I'd prefer to be winning games and if Carty thinks the best way to win games is to go with Mat at five-eighth that's good enough for me.

"My style of football won't really change much."

Bird is confident his suspect hamstring will stand-up for the rest of the season after being given an extra week to recover.

"I was looking to get back last week, but there's no point rushing it this late in the season.

"You don't want to rush it and do yourself injury and put yourself out for longer."

The Cowboys may be minus star Johnathan Thurston, who will miss the remainder of the season with an ankle injury, but Bird said it would be foolish to think North Queensland will be any easier to defeat.

He said the Cowboys have played well in Thurston's absence and Matt Bowen has shown he relishes the chance to be in the limelight.

"They will still be pretty dangerous," Bird said.

"They've lost him before and Matty Bowen has really stood up and played really good in the halves and I'd expect that to happen again."

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