Isaako fighting for spot as Kahu nears return
BRONCOS young gun Jamayne Isaako admits he has a fight on his hands to stay in the NRL as Jordan Kahu edges closer to a return.
Kahu made an appearance in a Broncos training session on Monday before copping a whack to his face and leaving the field.
The New Zealand Test international is on the comeback trail after breaking his jaw in Brisbane's Round 2 win against North Queensland.
Kahu started the season at left centre, however many of his 82 NRL appearances have come on the wing.
The 21-year-old Isaako has been a revelation on the right wing for the Broncos this season, playing all eight matches after making his NRL debut under coach Wayne Bennett last year.
The goal-kicking ace has been inspired by fellow winger Corey Oates' hot form and said he had to perform against the Bulldogs at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday night to avoid losing his spot to Kahu.
"I'm working hard on playing consistent footy," Isaako said.
"Jordie has got to come back and Wayne's got to put him in the team somewhere.
"I'd like to keep my spot but there is a lot of experience that goes with Jordie coming back.
"This year has been a great experience and learning curve to come into a team full of superstars.
"I look to Oatesy and try to play like him with his tough carries."
Isaako has been one of Brisbane's success stories this season after securing a regular berth in the NRL team.
He made his sole first grade appearance for the Broncos in Round 19 last year, spending the rest of the season with Souths-Logan to be crowned the Intrust Super Cup's best fullback of 2017.
Isaako is making the most of his time outside James Roberts on Brisbane's right wing, however he dreamt of playing for the All Blacks as a kid.
A First XV rugby star in Christchurch, Isaako was scouted by Cronulla and moved to Australia as a 14-year-old.
He grew homesick at the Sharks and returned to New Zealand in late 2014 before approaching the Broncos about resurrecting his career in Brisbane.
"I was playing my junior development at Cronulla Sharks and wasn't really happy with the way I was living," he said.
"I was living in a house with other players and missing family all the time.
"I moved over here on my own. I went back home at one point but I wanted to have another crack at it and spoke to manager (Jim Banaghan) about coming to the Broncos.
"He helped me out with something here and I've been going good ever since.
"I never knew much about rugby league growing up, I was always a union boy.
"Growing up in New Zealand, the Broncos are big over there. The Broncos have always been a club I wanted to play for."
The Broncos will on Wednesday finalise their preparations for the Bulldogs clash with a training session at Red Hill where they will unveil sponsored balls.