Michael Purcell will miss an extended period of time after breaking his arm against the Falcons.
Michael Purcell will miss an extended period of time after breaking his arm against the Falcons. Franca Tigani

Who will take Purcy's place at fullback?

ONE PLAYER out, one player in is the mantra the Ipswich Jets are taking ahead of their clash against the Redcliffe Dolphins tomorrow.

Leading try-scorer and Queensland Residents contender Michael Purcell will miss "eight, probably 10 weeks" after breaking his arm late in last week's 17-16 win over the Sunshine Coast Falcons.

Purcell is expected to undergo surgery on Monday. He will be a key out for the Jets against a Dolphins side riding high on a five-game winning streak.

But if there is one position the Jets can comfortably cover, it is the wing-fullback according to coach Ben Walker.

"(Purcell) has been player well, he's always been important to us," Walker said.

"Fortunately we've got another three or four that can take his place. We've got depth across the board.

"One out, one in as it is with anyone in our team."

Wes Conlon is expected to move to number one in Purcell's absence.

Even without Purcell on the field, Walker said the Dolphins will still have their hands full covering the Jets' talent-laden side.

"Whoever we're playing against, I think they're more worried about playing us than we are them," Walker said.

"It looks like that's the case again. They're always strong, but there's nothing there so far that's scaring us too much."

ISC Round 8: Tomorrow (3pm) - Ipswich Jets v Redcliffe Dolphins at North Ipswich Reserve.



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