INJURY FREE: Mackay Cutters star Cooper Bambling will return from an ankle injury to play for Moranbah Miners in the Rugby League Mackay A-Grade competition.
INJURY FREE: Mackay Cutters star Cooper Bambling will return from an ankle injury to play for Moranbah Miners in the Rugby League Mackay A-Grade competition. Daniel McKenzie

Bambling is back - but with who?

COACH Steve Sheppard wanted to keep him out for another week, but Mackay Cutters skipper Cooper Bambling was tired of riding the pine.

And so the plan was hatched for Mackay's star halfback to return via the Rugby League Mackay A-Grade competition this weekend, in the hope he can prove his fitness in time to line-up against the Townsville Blackhawks.

"Part of my rehab is to play 30-40 minutes of a local A-Grade game and hopefully I can follow that up with a game afterwards with the Cutters,” Bambling said.

"I wanted to get back on the field as soon as I could. If I pull up fine and get another week's training under my belt (hopefully) I can get back for the game against the Blackhawks.”

Moranbah will be the beneficiary of the former Canberra Raider's services tomorrow night when they face Magpies at Sologinkin Oval.

It will be Bambling's second time playing in the Mackay competition - he had a run with Sarina last season on the comeback trail from ear surgery.

"The (Moranbah) coach rang me today. I know a couple of boys in their side. I'll be making some new friends - I'm excited,” Bambling said.

The Miners have struggled this season after losing the entirety of their 2018 grand final side.

They will go in as heavy underdogs against a Magpies outfit which some believe can go all the way this year.

And although Bambling only plans to be with the Miners for one game, he has no interest in phoning it in.

"I'm a bloke that absolutely hates losing. I won't be going out there to go through the motions,” he said.

Moranbah coach Dave Stevens named Bambling to start at hooker tomorrow and hoped his presence will be of benefit to the young players in the team.

"We've got some kids here . . . a couple years down the track they'll be a force in the Mackay league and that's what we're trying to build,” Stevens said.

"That's what I said to Cooper - his experience will be good for the young side we've got.

"He'll (play) anywhere he said - I joked I would play him at prop. But I think Pup (Sheppard) wants to play him at nine.”

Rugby League Mackay Round 9

Tonight (7pm) - Magpies v Moranbah Miners at Sologinkin Oval



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