WELCOME BACK: Shane Gibson returns to familiar surrounds against West End this evening.
WELCOME BACK: Shane Gibson returns to familiar surrounds against West End this evening. Rob Williams

Gibson set for his return to Brothers

SHANE Gibson is not sure what to expect when he turns up at Brother Seery Park this afternoon, from either the Brothers supporters or the dressing room.

The supporters will welcome the former Brothers player back for the first time since he switched to the Bulldogs.

As for the dressing rooms, Gibson has to concentrate to ensure he doesn't stroll into the wrong one.

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He's only had to go into the home rooms his entire footballing career.

"It'll be strange," Gibson said.

"It will be the first time I've ever been in there."

Just as strange for those familiar with the Ipswich Rugby League in recent years, is the sight of the two teams on the IRL ladder.

After two rounds West End is undefeated

Which is why Gibson reckons the welcome back, on the field at least, will be less than sympathetic

Gibson isn't reading into anything into the ladder at this stage, knowing the real tests haven't begun.

"We're about to find out," Gibson said when asked how the Bulldogs rate.

"It will be the first tough game I reckon."

Gibson identified Brothers five-eighth Sam Krueger as the man his team needs to shut down.

On paper Brothers face a much more daunting prospect.

Gibson joins fellow former Brothers back Fili Notoa on the right side of the West End attack.

For Gibson it is just like old times.

On the other side of the ruck Andrew Walker and Brook Alofipo loom large.

It's a headache for opposition coaches, who will know the best way to limit them will be to win the forward battle.

"If our forwards shut them down our backs have enough speed to carve," Gibson said.

Gibson was full of praise for the efforts of the West End forwards so far, and for his team's defence across the park.

He knows from his years at Brothers, that if the defence is in place the attack will improve as the season progresses.

It is no wonder then, Gibson heads into the clash as excited about footy as he has been for a long time.

"I'm starting to enjoy my footy again," he said.