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Wests Tigers Captain Robbie Farah is confident James Tedesco is ready to make his mark on the full-back jersey after a long campaign back from a knee reconstruction.

Tedesco will start tonights match against the Brisbane Broncos at Campbelltown Sports Stadium in the number one jersey for the first time since his NRL debut in round one last season when he suffered the season ending knee injury.

Coach Mick Potter has slowly monitored the progress of the exciting youngster, giving him time to find his feet again for Wests Tigers in the NSW Cup side before reacquainting himself in the NRL on the wing.

Farah said Tedesco was a natural full-back.

He is definitely a player we are excited about and a player of the future. He is our long term full-back option, Farah said.

James is going to be a great player. We are just giving him a bit of time. It is not easy to come back from a knee reconstruction.

He has got that full-back jersey and hopefully he make it his own and stay there for a long time.

Farah said Tedesco and five-eighth Curtis Sironen gained plenty of experience from their first appearance for City Origin last week.

I know there has been a lot of talk about the negativity of the City-Country game but you talk about those players and what they learnt from the week, it highlights why it is an important game and will hopefully stay on the calender, Farah added.

Farah said the side had prepared well with Sironen and Tim Moltzen in the halves.

It is always tough when you have got to change players in key positions but you just get on with it, he said.

We have had a bit of time to work on it and Moltzen has slipped in pretty comfortably at half-back.

I saw Curtis came out in the paper the other day saying that he doesnt want to give Benji his jersey back. Thats a good attitude to have.


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