Ben bounces back from the big bottom blues to boost Brothers
BROTHERS have been boosted for this evening's clash with West End by the return to the top grade of classy winger Ben Seve.
It is Seve's first match in A grade this season, following his return from injury in Reserve grade a fortnight ago.
Seve's presence on the left wing is a reassuring sight for Brothers fans.
He has been an integral part of the team since joining from Goodna in 2011, playing a starring role in their four grand final appearances since.
But the classiest finisher in the Ipswich competition of the past decade has warned not to expect miracles.
"I've only had half a game for reggies," Seve said.
"It wasn't too bad.
"I didn't go too hard."
That was a fortnight ago, with Seve missing from action last weekend due to personal commitments.
Prior to that he was out of action since a knee reconstruction last November.
Returning from such an operation is tough for any athlete.
But when you're 35 it is an even bigger decision whether to try and return to a sport as physically demanding as rugby league.
And it is likely to take even longer to return to the sort of form Seve has been able to consistently dish up throughout his career.
"I was sitting on the fence," Seve said of the decision on whether to retire or return to playing.
"But it was hard to keep away.
"I spoke to Dean (Brothers A grade coach Dean Daylight) and he wants me in there."
And why wouldn't he.
Seve's combination of power, pace, water-tight defence, expert positional play, deadly finishing and an unflappable temperament make him a coach's dream.
His wife also played a role in his decision to return.
It seems she got sick of watching him sit around as his pants size expanded.
"She said my backside was getting a bit bigger," Seve said.
Seve hasn't expected an armchair ride back into the top grade however.
He is as modest as he is talented and knows it takes hard work to reach the standards he is used to.
"You can't just walk back in," Seve said.
"We'll see what happens."
Seve has seen enough of the IRL from the sidelines this year to believe Brothers can continue their remarkable run of grand final appearances.
"We've got the team to compete against the likes of Norths and Goodna," he said.
"They're the benchmark at the moment.
"But anything can happen in finals footy.
"Consistency is the key.
"If you're consistent week-in, week-out and turn up with the right attitude you can beat anyone on your day."