Final spot still on mind for Broncos star

HOOKER Andrew McCullough is still talking finals football as Brisbane adjusts to life outside the top eight and the stark reality that one more slip up could end its season.

As the side comes to grips with news veteran centre and co-captain Justin Hodges faces another hamstring battle after limping off against Manly last weekend, McCullough (pictured) said a win against a vulnerable Bulldogs at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night could give the Broncos the momentum to play their way into the finals.

In-form back Dale Copley will move into Hodges' right centre spot, with English international Jack Reed, who played on the wing against Manly, returning to his specialist left centre role for Friday night's must-win clash with the Bulldogs.

"I'm not sure what Hodgo is doing, he doesn't train on Mondays anyway so you may have to get the cameras down to the pool to watch him swim," McCullough said with a laugh.

"It gives Jack (Reed) and opportunity to get back into his usual job in the centres and Dale is playing exceptionally well."

McCullough said the team was staying positive with its final fate in its own hands.

"You look at how close the table is at the moment. If you can string a couple of wins together it will go a long way to getting you into the top eight," the busy hooker said.

McCullough said he wasn't looking past the Bulldogs, however, and his battle with Michael "The Menace" Ennis.

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