Canberra Raiders winger Craig Frawley wants to put a positive finish on the 2005 NRL season, starting with this Saturday night?s match against his former club the Brisbane Broncos.
Frawley is one of two Raiders players named to return from injury against the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium, with former New Zealand international Andrew Lomu also set to make his comeback from a knee injury.
Frawley, 24, has been frustrated by injuries since joining the Raiders from the Broncos this season. He suffered his latest injury to his ankle in training last week, forcing him to withdraw from the R20 match against the New Zealand Warriors.
The athletic winger has played only six games for the Raiders in 2005, but is determined to play a role as Canberra fights for a finals spot.
?It?s been extremely frustrating with all the short-term injuries I?ve had, so I?m really determined to play the rest of the year, build some form, and hopefully help the Raiders make the semis,? Frawley said.
?It?s going to be weird playing against my old teammates but, to be honest, it wouldn?t matter who we were playing this weekend. I?m just really keen to get back on the field and play well.?
The Raiders made a staggering 158 more tackles than the Warriors last weekend and Raiders coach Matt Elliott has emphasised the need for ball control.
?We?ve certainly got our defensive side of things spot on, we just need to tweak our attack and we?ll be a handful,? Elliott said.
?We?ve been wanting to play with a bit of width over the last couple of weeks, but you?ve got to earn that right. We have to make sure we lay the foundation up the middle before we try and play out wide.?
The Raiders will travel to Brisbane on Friday.
RAIDERS v BRONCOS Saturday, July 30, 7.30pm Suncorp Stadium
1. CLINTON SCHIFCOFSKE 2. DAVID HOWELL 3. PHIL GRAHAM 4. ADAM MOGG 5. CRAIG FRAWLEY 6. JASON SMITH 7. TODD CARNEY 8. JOSH MILLER 9. LINCOLN WITHERS 10. TROY THOMPSON 11. MATT ADAMSON 12. IAN HINDMARSH 13. JASON CROKER
INTERCHANGE 14. ALAN TONGUE 15. BEN CROSS 16. MATT GAFA 17. ANDREW LOMU 18. MICHAEL HODGSON 19. KRIS KAHLERLike