Even Wayne Bennett is surprised by Andrew McCullough's remarkable recovery after confirming the tough hooker will return from injury in Brisbane's NRL clash with Canterbury.
McCullough was supposed to miss four-to-six weeks with a hyper-extended elbow but is back for Thursday night's round-nine match at Suncorp Stadium after being sidelined for just one game - last round's win over South Sydney.
Coach Wayne Bennett has also guaranteed Anthony Milford will play, despite the playmaker missing Wednesday's training with an ankle complaint.
But the talking point was McCullough's stunning recovery that even had veteran Broncos coach Bennett scratching his head.
Bennett revealed McCullough had sent him a text saying he wanted to play straight after replacement hooker Josh McGuire suffered an ankle injury against the Rabbitohs.
McCullough, 28, has made a habit of returning ahead of schedule from injury but the rake's latest speedy recovery clearly has Bennett in awe.
"I am (surprised) but that is the making of the bloke. He volunteered himself and is confident he can play - it's remarkable," Bennett said.
"He does everything right from the moment he gets an injury."
It's the latest medical miracle for McCullough.
He came back from a knee reconstruction to play the Broncos' 2018 season opener just seven months after surgery.
And in 2016, he suffered a hamstring injury that was supposed to keep him out for six weeks but he missed only two games.
Broncos great Justin Hodges has expressed fears McCullough might be rushing his return and he's asked for medical staff to intervene.
But Bennett dismissed Hodges' fears on Wednesday.
"It's not up to him if he plays or not. It is up to us," Bennett said of McCullough.
"He just made himself available. We have taken all the precautions and we can't see a reason why he can't play."
Milford raised eyebrows with his training no-show on Wednesday but Bennett eased any fears over the playmaker.
"He will definitely play. He has a sore ankle. He stepped off the pavement and twisted it a bit, trained on Monday but it was a bit sore afterwards so he is not here today."
Brisbane (10th; 4-4 record) line up against a Bulldogs outfit desperate to "shake things up" after slumping to their fourth loss in five games.
Canterbury coach Dean Pay is expected to replace axed hooker Michael Lichaa with regular pivot Jeremy Marshall-King, while Matt Frawley is set to reunite with Kieran Foran in the halves against Brisbane.
"We haven't scored the points we want to score so we are trying to change things up," Pay said.
STATS THAT MATTER:
* The Bulldogs have won three of their past five matches against the Broncos
* The Bulldogs rank second last in points scored (14.6 per game) and equal last in tries (2.3 per game)
* The Broncos are aiming to avoid three-straight home losses for the first time since 2014