The return of Matt Gillett from injury could help jolt out-of-sorts Brisbane halfback Ben Hunt back to top NRL form, teammate Alex Glenn says.
The Queensland representative forward injured his shoulder in State of Origin III last month and has missed the Broncos’ past three games.
However, Gillett is in line for a comeback on Thursday night in Wollongong against St George Illawarra, possibly along with Kodi Nikorima (shoulder) and Jordan Kahu (pectoral).
Gillett’s inclusion would at least go some way to restoring Brisbane’s first-choice combination on the right edge, which Glenn believes could help the team’s misfiring halves find their groove again.
“Gillo brings a lot to that right edge and him and Benny Hunt have been working so hard the last couple of years, they know each other inside and out,” Glenn said.
“Gillo’s strong in attack and can get us some good metres but he also brings that energy in defence as well.
“To get that form (back) on the right side will be great.”
Hunt and five-eighth Anthony Milford have been arguably the NRL’s biggest breakout stars over the past 18 months but are lacking in confidence amid Brisbane’s worrying form slump.
Glenn said it was difficult for the Broncos to maintain their usual output with so many injuries and suspensions disrupting team continuity.
“When you do have a lot of changes and players coming in and out, it’s hard to build that trust on the field,” Glenn said.
“That’s football, that’s what comes of it, we’ve just been a bit unlucky. The younger players are doing the best they can do.”
Considered top-four certainties at the start of the year, the Broncos have lost eight of their last 11 matches but have a reasonably comfortable run home, with three of their last four at Suncorp Stadium.