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Joel Monaghan welcomes Chris Bridge's return to Warrington Wolves wing
1:50pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in Wolves
JOEL Monaghan has been glad to see the return of Chris Bridge from injury in time for the big games ahead.
The 29-year-old had struggled with tendinitis in his knee over the past few seasons and underwent an operation to fix the problem, only to suffer a hamstring setback in April.
Bridge’s return to first-team action against Huddersfield Giants in the Challenge Cup quarter finals left Monaghan eager to restart the partnership that he believes has been key to his prolific scoring record in primrose and blue.
“He is probably one of the best players to be outside of, as a winger,” said the 31-year-old Aussie, whose 28th try of the season in Friday’s win at St Helens takes him closer to his season’s best of 30 in 2011.
“The whole time he is looking to set you up and the whole game he is looking to use his feet and get you away.
“The 80-odd tries I have scored, he has probably had a hand in three quarters of them.
“So it is great to have him back injury free and a good time to get him back and flying, too.”
Monaghan’s scoring record since arriving from Canberra Raiders three years ago stands at 87 tries in 84 appearances..
Wolves have boasted some superb Aussie wingers over the years, from the legendary Brian Bevan to the more recent Chris Hicks, and Monaghan reckons that it is the playing style under Tony Smith that allowed Hicks and now himself to flourish.
“As an outside back over here you get to use the ball a bit more than in Australia and being a winger with the back line we have makes it much easier for me,” he said.
“It keeps you in the game and you enjoy it a bit more.
“You look inside and you have Briersy (Lee Briers), Hodgo (Brett Hodgson), Stef Ratchford and Bridgey playing there – who wouldn’t want to play on the end of that?”
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