Broncos welcome Taylor's return
On a night for the superheroes it is fitting that someone who was once one of Wayne Bennett's strongest allies will be used as a weapon against him during the Brisbane Broncos' clash with the Canberra Raiders on Friday night.
The ISC Marvel Heroes themed rounds are in full swing and Dave Taylor will look to use the power of the Iron Fist to defeat Brisbane in his first clash against his former team since leaving the NRL in 2015.
Once one of the Broncos' iron men, Taylor left Brisbane in 2009, joining the South Sydney Rabbitohs the following year.
Bennett coached Taylor at the Broncos from 2006-2008, with the stocky young forward making his debut as a 17-year-old with huge potential.
But Taylor hasn't always fulfilled that promise, with off-field issues and attitude problems plaguing him throughout his career.
Consistency has always been the issue for Taylor, but now his lifeline at Canberra has given him a new chance to prove that he can be as good as people think he could have been.
Still just 28 years old, Taylor will return to Lang Park on Friday night and Bennett said he is happy to see the controversial forward back in the game.
"I'm pleased Dave's got an opportunity, he's just got to make the most of it now," Bennett said.
"We all know what a talent Dave is. I've always been in awe of the talent he's got, but he's just got to get his moments right.
"I wish him all the best. He's only a young man so I think we can still see the best of him. It's up to Dave to show that.
"I suppose it's as much a mental issue as anything else.
"It was a hard decision to let him go but sometimes it just doesn't work out."
It will also be an historic night for Brisbane hooker Andrew McCullough who notches up his 200th NRL game.
A one-club player, McCullough is highly regarded at Red Hill with the 27-year-old being one of the club's most consistent players.
McCullough last week signed a four-year deal that will keep him at the club until the end of 2021 and that may make him a Bronco for life.
Bennett said McCullough is an excellent player and role model, with the master coach expecting his team to do everything in their power to get him a win on the No.9's milestone night.
"It's a big occasion for him. We will all be trying our hardest for him. His players and his teammates will want to win for him," he said.
"He's highly respected in the group and we are all pleased he is staying here.
"Andrew gives his best every week and he never needs anyone to get in his head and motivate him.
"His training is exceptional and he's a huge asset for us."