Topics:  brisbane broncos, david stagg, justin hodges, melbourne storm, nrl, rugby league

Broncos' Stagg welcomes news of Hodges return to game

David Stagg of the Broncos runs with the ball during the round one NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at Suncorp Stadium on March 8, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.
David Stagg of the Broncos runs with the ball during the round one NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at Suncorp Stadium on March 8, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia. Bradley Kanaris / Getty Images

NO ONE will be more pleased to see star centre Justin Hodges back for the Broncos in tonight's clash against the Storm than utility David Stagg.

That's despite the fact the return of Hodges means Stagg will revert back to the bench after filling in at centre in last week's 8-0 loss to the Roosters.

"Having someone like Justin Hodges come back into the side, we'll more than welcome him back," Stagg said.

The Broncos go into the match in need of a victory after a less-than-impressive start to the season - a win against St George Illawarra sandwiched between losses to Manly and the Roosters.

Stagg said while the Storm had again shown itself to be the benchmark with three straight, that would be irrelevant come game time.

"There's a bit of history between the two clubs," he said.

"But come this weekend, we won't be focussed on that. It won't matter who we'll be playing. The first few rounds we've been a bit off - we know we can get the job done - it's just a matter of rectifying a few issues."

Storm coach Craig Bellamy has made just one change, leaving out Maurice Blair for Siosaia Vave who returns from suspension.



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