Tigers set for boost with No.1 gun’s return, Dogs welcome back Addo-Carr

Wests Tigers excitement machine Daine Laurie will be named to make an early return from a knee injury for the Indigenous Round clash against South Sydney and his uncle Cody Walker.

Tigers teammate Tyrone Peachey let slip Laurie was on track to play on Saturday night while helping launch the NRL’s Indigenous Round at Redfern on Tuesday.

Laurie later confirmed to the Herald he would be included in the squad when team lists were released on Tuesday afternoon, and only needed to survive a Wednesday field session.

Another Tiger, Brent Naden, also hosed down reports he had got into a fight with former Canterbury teammate Matt Dufty after full-time last Friday in the middle of Leichhardt Oval, and the pair remained good friends.

As for the Tigers welcoming back their No. 1 – there were also suggestions Luke Brooks could be named to return from a hamstring injury – Laurie said: “I will be named, but I have to get through a wrestling session to see how the knee holds up.

“I did a contact session yesterday, it was my first one, just to see how the knee went, but I’m feeling confident.

Daine Laurie will be named to return for the Wests Tigers.Credit:Getty Images

“It’s been tough watching the boys. I did my knee the last time we played the Rabbitohs [in round seven], but I’d love to play against them and my uncle [Walker].

“I was told it would be a six to seven-week recovery, and this weekend will be five weeks. Fingers crossed, but I’m confident.

“This is always a special round, and to play against my uncle and represent our mob … if I do play, there will be plenty of our mob come down to watch us.”

Laurie is a livewire in attack and been linked to a potential move to join The Dolphins in Redcliffe, but he made it clear he did not want to leave the Tigers.

“I see stuff on Instagram about me that isn’t even true, I’ve had to ring my manager to see what’s going on, but he tells me to keep playing footy. I want to stay at the Tigers,” Laurie said.

Souths are expected to receive their own mega boost with Cameron Murray to be named for a comeback from a minor cleanout on his shoulder, along with prop Mark Nicholls (ankle).

Naden, meanwhile, capped a busy time in which he signed with the Tigers this time last week, played against former club Canterbury three days later, and was captured in what appeared to be a push and shove with Dufty.

A proud Indigenous man, Naden set the record straight about Dufty and said: “That was all blown out of proportion. We’re really good mates, we had a laugh at the game, there was video of me grabbing Duff, but we were joking around. It was reported we hated each other. He might have had a sour look on his face because he had just lost. Nobody likes losing.

“I wouldn’t read into that. He messaged me and sent me the video, but what the cameras didn’t capture was me giving him a kiss on the forehead and us laughing afterwards.”

What might come as a surprise to fans is only 12 per cent of players in the NRL identify as Indigenous or Torres Strait Islander.

One of the community’s most recognisable players, Josh Addo-Carr, will return from the flu on Sunday when Canterbury take on St George Illawarra.

Adam Reynolds is another player determined to be back on deck for the Broncos’ showdown with the Gold Coast Titans. Despite the chance to give his groin an extra week’s break with Brisbane having the bye the following week, Reynolds wants to make sure the Queensland powerhouse head into the break on the back of a potential sixth consecutive win.

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