Minto makes his mark


MEET the new Scott Minto ? determined to make his mark in a starstudded Brisbane Broncos backline this season.

The former Rockhampton flyer is preparing for arguably the biggest game of his career in tonight's Queensland derby against the North Queensland Cowboys at Townsville's Dairy Farmers Stadium.

It will be Minto's sixth game in a row for the Broncos after he returned to the NRL in Brisbane's round-five win over Parramatta.

His return has also coincided with the Broncos' purple patch of form with the Queensland powerhouse riding high in the premiership race after five straight wins.

Minto said there was a new-found attitude and team spirit in the Broncos' stable.

"We're playing with a lot of confidence and an attitude to never give up for your team-mates,'' Minto said.

The 26-year-old has spent most of the week in the lead-up to tonight's showdown getting physio treatment on a neck injury suffered from two high shots in last Sunday's comeback win over the Bulldogs.

Minto said the pain was in the same area in the neck which required season-ending surgery last season, but the big winger yesterday declared himself fit and ready for his next challenge.

Since his return to the top-grade, Minto has averaged 15 hit-ups per game and scored two tries.

Another player CQ league fans will be cheering on tonight is former Comets lock David Faiumu, who will be out to continue his game-breaking return for the Cowboys.

Faiumu has been a revelation for the Cowboys off the bench in recent weeks after overcoming off-season shoulder surgery, scoring back-to-back tries in North Queensland's last two games.

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