Reformed Staggs itching for NRL comeback

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Brisbane centre Kotoni Staggs is confident his questionable decision-making, which has landed him in hot water with the NRL, is all in the past as he closes in on his playing return.

Staggs has been sidelined since last year after suffering an ACL injury late in the Broncos' miserable 2020 season.

Despite returning to full fitness earlier this month, Staggs has had his wait to return to the NRL action extended by a fortnight due to a two-match suspension and a $20,000 fine for a drunken incident at a Brisbane pub in April.

It's not the only off-field drama for Staggs, who was fined $10,000 for using a homophobic slur towards a patron at a pub in Dubbo in February.

The 22-year-old said the past year had been an eye-opening one and with the support of the Broncos, his family and a psychologist he was confident off-field dramas were a thing of the past.

"I think I've got the help that I needed and if I ever come into a position like that again then I'll know how to handle it and move forward," Staggs said.

The talented back, who was being touted as a possible bolter for NSW's State of Origin squad last year before his injury, will make a much-anticipated return for the last-placed Broncos against Cronulla on Sunday at Suncorp Stadium.

Staggs signed a four-year contract extension with the Broncos in May, with coach Kevin Walters indicating he will be shifted to five-eighth next season.

Despite Brisbane staring at a second consecutive wooden spoon, Staggs said he'd made the decision not to make an immediate move to the No.6 jersey and wanted to get his form back before contemplating the positional switch.

"That's my call. Coming off an ACL, it's a big injury and I don't want to put myself under too much pressure," Staggs said.

"I want to go to a position that I know how to play and I'm good at as well.

"That's a call that I've made and Kevvie agrees with me on that."

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