THE Jets have received a massive boost ahead of the biggest game of their lives with key props Josh Seage and Rod Griffin getting the big thumbs up in the space of 24 hours.
As reported online by the QT on Wednesday night, rugged prop Griffin was cleared at the QRL judiciary of a dangerous contact charge. He will take his place in the side to tackle the Newcastle Knights in the Interstate Championship at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.
The news got better yesterday for the Jets with Seage, who was concussed in the first half of the Intrust Super Cup grand final win over the Blackhawks, cleared by club doctor Roy Saunders to also line up against the Knights.
Last night back-rower Kurt Capewell was in a moon boot at training but was still rated a 50/50 chance to play on Sunday and recover from an ankle injury he sustained in Sunday's grand final.
Co-coach Shane Walker is delighted Seage and Griffin are on board. Griffin's form has been outstanding throughout the year while Seage is a fine squad member.
"Josh is unsung and he is another one of our guys with great footy instincts," Walker said.
"We call him 'Special Teams'.
"You know how in the NFL they have specialist teams, whether it be the catching unit or the punt returns.
"With the short kick-offs we do and the short dropouts, Josh has just got this gift of getting himself in the right position to get the ball so he has been dubbed 'Special Teams' by the boys."
Seage's performances in general play are not to be underestimated.
"Josh is not a big forward but he uses great footwork and spins in the tackle really well," Walker said. "He has got a great passing game and a good offload.
"Josh has a number of silky skills and is really loved by his teammates because he is a real joker and doesn't take himself too seriously. In fact, by his own admission he should be the captain."
The Jets have named a six-man bench which includes BRL hooker Peter Whittaker and injured star Chris Walker.
Ipswich enjoyed their final home training session of the year last night. They will fly to Sydney tomorrow.
Ipswich Jets: 1. Carlin Anderson, 2. Marmin Barba, 3. Liam Capewell, 4. Nemani Valekapa, 5. Richard Pandia, 6. Josh Cleeland, 7. Dane Phillips, 8. Josh Seage, 9. Matt Parcell, 10. Rod Griffin, 11. Sam Martin, 12. Kurt Capewell, 13. Keiron Lander (c), 14. Landon Hayes, 15. Kurtis Lingwoodock, 16. Billy McConnachie, 22. Fakahoko Teutau, 17. Peter Whittaker, 18. Haydan Lipp, 19. Chris Walker. Coaches: Ben and Shane Walker.