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Omens not good for Prince farewell

What started as a feel good story ended with Broncos captain Sam Thaiday revealing a bad omen ahead of teammate Scott Prince's NRL farewell on Thursday night.
Omens not good for Prince farewell
by AAP

By Laine Clark

BRISBANE, Sept 2 AAP - What started as a feel good story ended with Broncos captain Sam Thaiday revealing a bad omen ahead of teammate Scott Prince's NRL farewell on Thursday night.

Thaiday showed evasive skills on Monday that have been sadly lacking on field this year for finals flops Brisbane after reflecting on Prince's 300th and final game.

"It's funny, I found a couple of newspaper clippings of my first game and he was coming back from an injury for the Broncos," Thaiday said.

"So I played my first game with him here at Suncorp Stadium and now I play alongside him in his final game which is a fantastic honour.

"As a kid I used to sit on the hill at Townsville and watch him play (for North Queensland) so that's a feel good story for you."

Feeling it might be a good sign ahead of this week's Bulldogs clash, a reporter asked whether they won his first game alongside Prince.

"No, we lost - and we played the Bulldogs then too," Thaiday said.

The Brisbane captain then went into damage control mode.

"But that was different, we had a lot of players out back then..." he added.

He may not have exactly blessed Prince's final game but the Broncos skipper only had respect for the playmaker as he prepared to draw the curtain on an impressive but injury-plagued 16 year career.

"A lesser bloke would have retired with the serious injuries he has had and not come back from that," Thaiday said.

At least Prince can still laugh about his injury run-ins, saying he had to survive this week's contact sessions before thinking about his farewell.

"It will be an emotional rollercoaster I am sure but it is a bit surreal at the moment," Prince said.

"It's not a milestone I thought I would reach.

"It's a great honour but I have to get through the next few training sessions yet."

Besides Prince, Thaiday said Brisbane would also be playing for "a bit of pride, a bit of respect" after bowing out of the finals race with last round's loss to Newcastle.

This season will also mark the six-time premier's worst tally of wins in Broncos history.

"When we do our end of season review we will have to answer some really tough questions," Thaiday said.

"But we have some good players coming through so I would not put a line through us (in 2014)."




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