Manly coach Trent Barrett has known Jack Bird long enough to ensure Brisbane's new centre won't be taken lightly on Saturday.
Bird is struggling for form and has been used in various roles by coach Wayne Bennett this season as he shifts from the halves to the outside backs for the clash at Suncorp Stadium.
Barrett has coached Bird and learnt not to write him off, saying he was one of several Broncos boasting individual brilliance that they'd have to contain.
"I haven't been across what's going on (with his form this season) but I've known Jack for a long time and he's a terrific talent," Barrett told reporters on Friday.
"He's coming off surgery as well, it might take a while, but we know what he can do."
The Broncos have scraped to a 5-4 record with some ugly wins based on some individual brilliance Barrett is wary of in the second of two games at Suncorp on Saturday as part of the NRL's Indigenous Round.
"I coached Jack in the (New South Wales) country side; he's one of those players who can play anywhere, is a terrific athlete and a good ball runner," he said.
"They've got a lot of good individuals in their side - both their halves (Anthony Milford and Kodi Nikorima) - a lot of threats across the field and their backrowers are jumping out of the ground."
Manly (2-7) have been the competition's early-season strugglers but Barrett says they have rediscovered their mojo in the last two weeks and fancy themselves against the Broncos (5-4).
The clash will be the second of two at Suncorp on Saturday, with Melbourne playing Gold Coast in the opener as part of the NRL's Indigenous Round.