Jake Trbojevic expects to see his brother Tom represent Manly again this season, while he believes his star sibling wants to play Origin at the end of the year despite missing 11 weeks with a hamstring injury.
The Sea Eagles have struggled without Tom this season, winning just two games to slump to 12th position with four rounds remaining before the finals.
Manly coach Des Hasler declared that his gun fullback would be sidelined for at least another two weeks after the team’s round 16 loss to Melbourne.
But his big brother remains hopeful that Sea Eagles supporters will see the man affectionately known as “Turbo” again this season.
“We definitely get Tom back, for least for a couple of games,” Jake said.
“But it is just taking time – it is so frustrating.
“The fact that it is the third time that he has done it (the hamstring), he is just being very cautious.
“We will see him this year, it is just more when he is ready.
“It is a really frustrating time, not only for him but for us because we would love to have him out there.
“He is a big part of our team, and we’ve definitely missed not having him on the field.
“We want to get him back, but it is about getting it right. You don’t want him to it again for a fourth time.”
Jake also believes his brother will represent NSW in the Origin series in November despite missing so much football this season.
He doesn’t expect Manly to stand in Tom’s way if Blues coach Brad Fittler selects him.
“That isn’t my call but knowing Tom he wants to be in the Blues side,” he said.
“He has been in there the last couple of years and performed really well, so if he gets the opportunity, he will definitely put his best foot forward.
“Even last year Freddie (Fittler) picked him after he had done his hammy and he had only played two games, and then he played well in Perth.
“So, he has shown that he can play really well with not much footy under his belt, and that works in his favour.”
Manly will look to keep their slim finals hopes alive when they host the Wests Tigers at Lottoland on Saturday night.
Jake is expecting the Tigers to come out firing following the news that club legend Benji Marshall won’t be at the club next season.
“Definitely – Benji is a great player and he has done a lot in the game,” he said.
“He is one of those players that everyone grew up watching, loving and idolising.
“They will want to play some good footy to send him out on a high and finish his Wests Tigers career on a high.
“It is going to be a tough one for us.”
Originally published as Turbo expected to return for Manly and Blues