BACK IN BLUE: Mitch Lollback has returned to the Grafton Ghosts after a two month injury hiatus.
BACK IN BLUE: Mitch Lollback has returned to the Grafton Ghosts after a two month injury hiatus. Debrah Novak

Lollback makes strong return in time for finals

RUGBY LEAGUE: The return of prolific try-scorer Mitch Lollback could not have come at a better time for the Grafton Ghosts as they run into the Group 2 finals.

The Ghosts are carrying a full head of steam into their clash with the Bellingen-Dorrigo Magpies tomorrow, and the visitors do not want to take their foot off the throttle.

Lollback has been back on the football field for three weeks now, starting in two reserve grade clashes before making the step up to the fresh bench role against Nambucca Heads last weekend.

The former fullback has spent most of the 2016 season watching on from the sidelines, with what was thought to be a groin injury hampering the former Wynnum Manly player.

But Lollback says the injury is all clear and he is feeling 100% for this weekend's tussle with cellar-dwellers Bellingen.

"I did not think my groin was better, but Dan (Lollback) convinced me to get back on the field a couple of weeks ago,” he said.

"Now I am all clear, there is nothing wrong with me at all.”

The efforts of incumbent custodian Robbie Howard have still kept Lollback from reclaiming the number one jersey, but it is not something that worries him.

"I don't care I will just fit in wherever I can,” he said. "Coming back this late in the year I am lucky to even get a spot in the side, they have been playing really well.

"Robbie is a gun at the back, he is safe as under the high ball. I swear I would make twice as many mistakes as him.”

The Ghosts have had a disrupted preparation this week with both of their regular training sessions washed out. They had a late captains run yesterday.



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