Parker praises versatile Kahu
Brisbane captain Corey Parker has praised teammate Jordan Kahu's versatility ahead of Friday night's grand final rematch against the North Queensland Cowboys at Suncorp Stadium.
Brisbane will be missing Jack Reed with an eye injury and he will join fellow injured back Corey Oates on the sideline.
Lachlan Maranta will return on the wing, with Brisbane's leading try-scorer in 2015 eager to cement his position in the Broncos' starting 17.
Kahu will again be forced to act as the utility as he slots into left centre and Parker said Kahu's flexibility was a luxury Brisbane are lucky to have.
"Jordan is one of those guys that could fill every role in the backline from five-eighth to fullback," Parker said.
"He's very versatile and I'm sure he'll do a good job in the centres for us this weekend.
"It's timely that Maranta will also return from injury this week. I suppose depth is something the club has at its disposal at the moment. The timing of everything has ended up working out really well."
Kahu's versatility has been on show throughout the past two years, with the 25-year-old being called on time and time again to fill in all over Brisbane's backline.
Kahu returned from a long-term knee injury in Round 19, 2014, replacing Daniel Vidot on the left wing in what was Kahu's first game of the year.
He impressed in his stint on the wing and when Darius Boyd ruptured his Achilles before the 2015 season, Kahu was called upon to start at fullback in the early rounds of last year.
Coach Wayne Bennett continued to switch Kahu around throughout 2015 and this saw him replace the injured Justin Hodges at right centre in Round 11 of that season.
His performances at centre did not go unnoticed by New Zealand national rugby league coach Stephen Kearney, with Kearney selecting Kahu in the centres for New Zealand's tour of England at the end of 2015.
The 2016 season has seen Kahu replace Greg Eden on the right wing and this weekend he will play at left centre to fill in for the injured Jack Reed.
It means Kahu has played in every position from fullback to wing throughout the last two years and he says he's comfortable to start in any backline position.
"I played wing the whole of last year so I'm pretty comfortable out there. In saying that, I've played in every position in our backline," Kahu said.
"I'm pretty comfortable in any position Wayne wants me in. If someone goes down then I am happy to move into that position like I'm doing this week with 'Reedy'. No position in the team is too foreign for me, except for the forward pack."