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Oates rolled: Winger dropped in Broncos shake-up

Corey Oates has paid the price for indifferent form, dropped from Brisbane's side to play the Warriors on Saturday night.

The Broncos trained on Tuesday with Jamayne Isaako on one wing and young gun Xavier Coates on the other.

Broncos skipper Alex Glenn confirmed after training that Oates - who represented Queensland in all three State of Origin matches last year - would not be in the starting side at Central Coast Stadium.

Oates on Monday accepted a fine of $550 for contrary conduct following his uncharacteristic outburst at referee Peter Gough on the weekend which resulted in him being sin-binned.

Glenn said Oates would bounce back from the disappointment with Isaako getting a reprieve after being used off the bench in the 30-12 loss to the Titans.

"It's an amazing opportunity for Jamayne to come back. I know it is hard when you are in the starting team and get dropped to the bench," Glenn said.

"One thing it does do is not let you get complacent or comfortable.

"If you are not willing to perform week in and week out and defend that number on your jersey then somebody else is going to take it.

"I love Oatesy to death and I know that he is lacking a little bit of confidence. This is going to fuel the flame inside him and I know he will be back shortly."

In defence of Issac Luke

Darius Boyd did some training on his own initially with Richie Kennar at left centre in the main team training run. Boyd then returned to his centre position later in the session and has been named in the run-on side.

Front-rower Matt Lodge has a knee injury and did not train but was named in his customary No.8 jersey.

Anthony Milford and Brodie Croft trained in the halves and have kept their spots with Tom Dearden to again come off the bench against the Warriors in Saturday on Gosford.

"It has been a big, long month for the group and especially for myself," Milford said.

"It is a tough slog but we are all sticking together. We know what we are doing wrong.

"We are trying to get our forwards rolling so Crofty and I can get on the back of it.

"I am enjoying the whole challenge at the Broncos at the moment. I want to be here through the good and the bad times. It is just about getting through it."

If he does get a late reprieve from the reserves, Oates will line up for his 150th game for Brisbane on Saturday.

The Broncos are under immense pressure after slumping to 15th on the Telstra Premiership ladder after five straight losses.

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"It is definitely the toughest period [of my career]," Glenn said.

"If you take the way we ended last season and came back after COVID there have been the biggest losses this club has faced in 32 years.

"It is not something we want to be a part of, but we are, and the only way we can get out of this rut is by sticking together and working hard."

Thomas Flegler is back from suspension on the bench while Pat Carrigan returns from his ban at lock in place of the suspended Joe Ofahengaue.

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