By JACK AMI
PNG Hunters regular full back Stargorth Amean, pictured, returns to the side for Sunday’s Round 16 Q-Cup fixture against the Norths Devils in Brisbane.
Amean said he was pleased to be back in the team after a stint on the sideline recovering from a concussion suffered in Round 12 against the Ipswich Jets.
The 25-year-old has since had MRI scans and was being monitored over the last three weeks.
“I’m just glad I’ve done the recovery and focused on picking up my fitness during the break and I’m happy to say in top condition, feeling good and looking forward to play this weekend,” Amean said.
Amean said he had no qualms about trying to get his No.1 jersey back preferring to put the team first. “When we’re down with injuries people have step in and there’s always reshuffling and positional changes and Bland (Abavu) has been doing a good job while I’ve been out.
“It’s all about team work and we all support each other.
“I’m training well and taking it one step at a time.”
Amean said he had played 25 games last year and was looking to matching the effort in 2016 but admitted injuries and recovering properly was the key to staying on the field longer.
Co-captain Adam Korave was cleared of a reckless contact charge is free to play this weekend after QRL Judiciary found he had no case answer.
Back-rower Ishmael Balkawa was replaced by Edward Goma while Atte Bina Wabo, Butler Morris and Henry Wan were also included on the extended bench.
Meanwhile, Hunters management recalled Gahuna Sailas and William Akuila back into the camp to offset the club’s injury toll. Both were playing in the Digicel Cup with Sailas for the Isapea and Akiula for the Gurias. Hunters 1. Bland Abavu 2. Justin Olam 3. Noel Zeming (c) 4. Thompson Teteh 5. Adex Wera 6. Ase Boas 7. Watson Boas 8. Enoch Maki 9. Wartovo Puara Jr 10. Esau Siune 11. Edward Goma 12. Adam Korave (c) 13. Brandy Peter, 14. Warren Glare 15. Atte Bina Wabo 16. Tuvi Lepan 17. Stargorth Amean 18. Henry Wan 19. Butler Morris 20. Benjamin Hetra.
By JACK AMI