Recharged, refocused Jarrad Postle back in business
Multiple premiership winner Jarrad Postle has returned to the Noosa Dolphins playmaking ranks after a series of head knocks forced him out of the game.
Postle laced up for the third time this season in the Dolphins' "war of attrition" win at the weekend against Maroochydore Swans for the John Currey Memorial Shield.
His last game was the 2017 grand final win when he steered the Dolphins to the title.
For the past two seasons he has watched on as water boy as the Dolphins crashed out of the finals.
The two years off have not only recharged his battered body and mind but prolonged his career.
"It's good to be back, I definitely missed it," Postle said.
"I was always around the boys because we are all mates but I must have watched too many games and got itchy feet.
"But it was always the play to come back, I just wasn't sure when."
Postle hasn't had any concussion issues upon his return and hopes they're something of the past.
"I'm not the biggest bloke on the field and they definitely sent traffic at my way," the 29-year-old said.
"You can't muck around with your head.
"People I spoke to said to have a year off and it ended up being a few.
"I enjoyed running water for the guys but it's not the same as playing.
"I've loved being back."
Given the Dolphins history of silverware, the club has been through a barren spell in recent seasons.
Experienced players like Postle can turn a title contender into the real deal.
Dolphins coach Mick Phelan said Postle brought what money couldn't buy.
"Obviously his experience is big but his game management also, he just brings a level of calm," Phelan said.
"I think he's played five or six grand finals and won at least two.
"He's one of those guys who is one play ahead each time.
"He has so much time on the ball.
"His foresight to know when to pass, to kick, to run.
"He's just a good player."
With Postle and young gun Borore Howton, the Dolphins have arguably the most well-equipped combination of playmakers in the competition.
Throw in scrumhalf and new goalkicker Will Christie, and captain and linchpin Brandon Mayhew and the Dolphins are ones to be feared.
"We are pretty lucky there," Phelan said.
Postle however, sees it differently.
"I said to the boys I don't want to take minutes off everyone, they have got us into this position," the carpenter-by-trade said.
"Borore is the No. 10 now. He is the leader of the team.
"I will play 13 or play off the bench and be used where I need to be.
"I'll even play reserve grade."