Kirk back to assume command

Ashley Kirk plans to get off on the right foot today.

Dawson Valley centre Kirk missed the opening three rounds of the Central Queensland Rugby Union Thrifty 2011 A Grade Premiership season after injuring his ankle in the pre-season sevens competition.

Kirk, a former Queensland Country representative, is confident he’s ready to go for this weekend’s round four fixture against Brothers at Victoria Park today.

Kirk partners new recruit Mick Chaplain in the centres, with coach Jack Wright pleased to have the strike centre back on board.

“Ash Kirk is one of the standout centres in this whole competition,” Wright said.

Chaplain has been impressive in the Drovers’ opening fixtures this season with the rugby league convert one of a number of players who turned out last night in the Brahmans v Invitational XV contest at Rugby Park.

Chaplain, Cam McDouall, Mitch McDouall and prop Greg Barton all suited up last night, but Wright is confident they’ll be right to play today.

“They’re quality young footballers, who’ll be fit and ready to go (today),” Wright said.

Kirk’s inclusion means Cam McDouall moves out to the wing, where Wright believes he’ll fit in without any trouble.

“His defence is safe as a house and he’s solid under the high ball as well, so he’ll have no troubles,” he said.

While the Drovers are currently undefeated, coach Jack Wright expects a tough contest from the Brethren, especially after their 35-5 win over Gladstone last week.

“It’s probably going to be our first real test this year,” Wright said.

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