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Brisbane could retain Jack Bird in halves


Jack Bird in action during training session with the Brisbane Broncos at the Clive Berghofer Centre in Brisbane, Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (AAP Image/Glenn Hunt)

Brisbane are considering retaining star recruit Jack Bird in the halves despite coach Wayne Bennett repeatedly guaranteeing Kodi Nikorima the No.7 jersey for the rest of the NRL season.

Bird trained alongside Anthony Milford in the Brisbane scrumbase at Red Hill on Tuesday, suggesting the pair would start Friday's clash with Melbourne at Suncorp Stadium.

In the absence of Nikorima due to a thigh injury, Bird and Milford sparked the Broncos as they inflicted the Warriors' first loss of the year on the weekend.

Bennett faces a dilemma whether to retain a winning side or bring back Nikorima, for whom he has expressed unwavering support.

"Birdy went really well and it's going to be a really hard decision for the coach," back-rower Alex Glenn said.

"With two great selections there, it's great for us.

"We had the same dilemma last year with Benji Marshall as well. It adds strike to our team having three great halves."

Milford and Nikorima were widely criticised following the side's slow start and their inability to register a try assist in the first five rounds.

But with Milford and Bird pulling the strings, they looked re-energised and confident, leaving Bennett with a selection dilemma.

New Zealand international Nikorima could be used as a super sub, a role he has played most of his career.

He at times chimed in during team drills but largely took a back seat to Bird.

"Having a nippy player when forwards get tired, he really steps up - he's done that for us in the past," Glenn said.

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