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Broncos say no squaring up with Inglis

By Wayne Heming 21/06/2011 07:16:57 PM Comments (0)

Squaring up with Greg Inglis for walking out on a deal with the six-time premiers will not be on Brisbane's agenda when they tackle NRL danger side South Sydney in Perth on Friday night.

In an intriguing clash, Inglis lines up against Broncos star Justin Hodges, the player who did his best to get him to the Broncos this season before a last minute change of heart led him to Souths.

Inglis' decision didn't go down well with Brisbane who believed the deal was locked in before his shock backflip.

"We don't hold any grudges against GI," said Griffin, who wasn't head coach at the time Inglis agreed to terms with Brisbane after gaining a release from Melbourne on personal grounds.

"It hasn't been spoken about or even mentioned."

With Griffin standing down Andrew McCullough and Ben Hunt for disciplinary reasons, another of the club's young hopefuls Kurt Baptiste will make his NRL starting debut at hooker while big guns Justin Hodges, Corey Parker and 2010 rookie of the year Matt Gillett are welcomed back to the fold from injury.

Gillett makes his comeback off the bench after missing the past 10 weeks with a broken foot with Griffin believing the back-rower's injury lay-off may have helped him cope with the pressures of a stunning debut season.

Griffin revealed Gillett had almost been a late addition to his bench against St George last weekend.

"He's like Hodgo, we really wanted to make sure they are right and he'll get as much time as he can on Friday night," said Griffin.

Griffin is of the opinion Gillett was feeling the burden of expectation on the back of a season that had him tipped for representative honours this year.

"He had a lot of expectation on him early in the season and probably wasn't playing his best," Griffin said.

"He'd had such a good year his first year and everyone was into him publicly as well as the opposition.

"The positive of being injured is it's given him the opportunity to freshen up mentally, take that pressure off him.

"He can come back in off the bench and work his way back into the team.

Brisbane have missed Gillett's strikepower on the edges and his ability to break the line and off-load as well as score tries through his handy footwork.

"He'll definitely give us another dimension and he can play in the backs as well," Griffin said.

"The good thing about Matty is he really helps our interchange because he's so versatile."

Griffin said the club's medical staff would closely monitor the players, especially Hodges, because of the long flight to Perth.

"There are concerns and our performance people are taking measures to make sure all our players travel well with a rehab session as soon as we get off the flight (on Wednesday)," he said.

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