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Yow Yeh's tearful Broncos return

Yow Yeh's tearful Broncos return
Jharal Yow Yeh has been named to make an emotional return for the Broncos in Saturday night's trial. Col Whelan/NRL Photos Credit: NRL Photos Copyright: NRL Photos
Jharal Yow Yeh fully expects to reduce his nan to tears on Saturday night but for the first time in almost two years they will be tears of joy.

All the pent up emotion that has built up since suffering an horrific ankle injury almost 700 days ago - which experienced doctors described as the worst football injury they had ever seen - will be released when Yow Yeh once again wears his beloved Broncos jersey in a trial against the Cowboys at Redcliffe on Saturday night.

It's a comeback all rugby league fans have wished for but were led to believe on numerous occasions wasn't going to be possible but Yow Yeh refused to let his dream slip away because of one freak accident.

He may have forgotten what to pack in his Broncos kit bag and whether he puts his left sock on before his right but when he runs out of the tunnel and steps out onto Dolphin Oval, players, fans, friends and family will find it hard to hold back their emotion.

"It gives me shivers to think that I'm putting that Broncos jersey on and the best thing about it is that my family is going to be there," Yow Yeh said.

"My mum was very excited but my mum's a pretty relaxed person. My nan, she's probably the most emotional one in the family; everything I tell her she just cries all the time.

"She's beautiful and they're just really excited to be there and my girlfriend [Anna] as well. She's been through everything with me as well, the ups and downs and had to deal with a lot living with me so I appreciate her sticking with me as well.

"I'm really passionate about the fans as well and they've stuck with me since I done it and I've gotten the utmost support from them so I'm excited to get out there and represent the Broncos the best I can."

At this point of his recovery Yow Yeh is honest enough to recognise that his best is very different to the form that made him an Origin and Test star at just 21 years of age.

Now 24 and looking at a career in the centres as opposed to the wing, Yow Yeh says the speed he came into grade with has been replaced somewhat by increased strength.

"Definitely my speed I've lost a little bit of but this is the first big pre-season I've had since I did my injury so I've been working hard with the coaching staff and the boys have been great with me," he said.

"I've maybe got a little bit stronger in the gym which has helped me, so maybe just a bit more strength and a little less speed.

"[Centre] is what I knew last year because that's where I played with Norths and I did grow a little bit of confidence there. The speed factor in the centres is more about worrying about defence... For me, my attack, I can swap and change with it, I'm confident with my attack, just my defence I've got to work on a little bit if I'm going to have a future in the centres.

"My goals are to be a first grader again and a consistent first grader. It might be a little bit hard for me but my goals are set high for myself but any rugby league player would set their goals pretty high. That's where I want to see myself, anywhere that 'Hook' (Broncos coach Anthony Griffin) wants to play me."

Despite almost two years out of the game, Yow Yeh will be the most experienced member of the Broncos backline on Saturday night as Griffin tests the credentials of young halves Kodi Nikorima and Zach Strasser.

Five-eighth candidate Jordan Kahu has been named at fullback, former Sharks wing/centre Stewart Mills makes his club debut on the wing and Dale Copley plays his first game since injuring his knee in a trial game 12 months ago.

There are plenty of new faces in the forward pack also with new recruits Martin Kennedy, Jon Green and Todd Lowrie all named in the starting side while giant French prop Sebastien Martins will continue to push for a contract from the bench.

Click here for full details of this weekend's trials.
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