Injured Seagulls centre Nathan Martyn, manager David Yarrow and coach Tye Ingebrigtsen. Bundaberg Rugby League. Hervey Bay Seagulls v Wests Panthers at Hervey Bay's Stafford Park. Photo Matthew McInerney  / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Injured Seagulls centre Nathan Martyn, manager David Yarrow and coach Tye Ingebrigtsen. Bundaberg Rugby League. Hervey Bay Seagulls v Wests Panthers at Hervey Bay's Stafford Park. Photo Matthew McInerney / Fraser Coast Chronicle Matthew McInerney

Ingebrigtsen set to play for the first time in 12 weeks

HIS wings were clipped in the first Bundaberg Rugby League game of the year but Tye Ingebrigtsen looks set to return tonight.

The Hervey Bay Seagulls coach has been forced to watch from the sideline since the first few minutes of the season- opening clash against defending premiers Past Brothers.

Ingebrigtsen dislocated his shoulder during his first run of the ball, but fought through pain for 10 minutes before he left the field.

His Seagulls teammates dropped like flies with various injuries, and when he returned to the field late in the game it was clear he had done serious damage.

Now, after a long 84-day absence, the utility is set to finally return.

He picked arguably the biggest game to do so, with his Seagulls set to travel to Bundaberg's Brothers Sports Complex tonight on a mission to stay atop the BRL ladder, and avenge last year's embarrassing loss in the corresponding fixture.

"Last time we went there they put 50 on us so everyone knows this will be important," he said.

"I have to test it out at training and I'll see how it feels (this morning).

"It's a good way to get back into it."

Seagulls captain Clinton Horne will also be closely monitored, with a decision on his fitness to be made this morning.

The halfback is currently out with a foot injury, but Ingebrigtsen said he would give the side's on-field leader every chance to be fit for the monumental clash.

"There's a lot riding on this training session but we still have quite a few out," Ingebrigtsen said.

"(Damien) Otto is still out, Brad Jung's out - there's still a lengthy list but we're starting to get a few back."

The game is scheduled to kick off at 6.30pm.



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