Storm star Billy Slater can expect some rough treatment from the Broncos when he returns from a long injury break.
Storm star Billy Slater can expect some rough treatment from the Broncos when he returns from a long injury break. Quinn Rooney

Broncos ready to put Storm star to test

BRONCOS forwards are getting ready to test out the shoulders of Billy Slater, following news the star fullback will make his return against Brisbane on Thursday.

The Maroons sensation will make his long-awaited comeback after 374 days out the game, with Melbourne's medical staff clearing him for the clash against the Broncos.

Slater has battled a series of shoulder injuries over the last two years but will put it all behind him for his big return.

However, Broncos players have said that while they will not necessarily target Slater, they will not exactly go easy on him either.

Bench forward Jai Arrow said he had a lot of respect for Slater, but Brisbane would have to test out his shoulders.

"We want to try to exploit Melbourne and find their weaknesses," he said. "Billy is a great player. Yes, he's coming back from an injury but he's still the type of player that can win you a game."

Slater's Queensland teammate, Josh McGuire, said he was happy to see the speedster back in the game following concerns he might never play again.

The Brisbane forward said the Broncos would not necessarily target Slater but conceded the 33-year-old would not have come back if he was not ready to take on a big challenge.

"It's just good to see Billy playing footy again," he said.

"It's been a long lay-off for him. I don't know about him being a target.

"I'm sure he'll be coming back into the game not underdone and ready to go."

News Corp Australia


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