Brisbane aren't expecting Payne Haas to be a panacea for their woes but are telling the giant forward to embrace the hype around him.
Arguably the most highly-touted young player in the NRL, Haas was forced to sit out the opening month because of a club-imposed sanction for not complying with an integrity unit investigation.
Despite having just three games to his name, he is considered one of the game's most promising players and was last year signed to a $3 million, six-year contract by the Broncos.
Haas' return against the Wests Tigers on Thursday will be welcome relief for Anthony Seibold's side after fellow young giant Tevita Pangai Junior accepted a two-game ban for a late shot on Cooper Cronk.
The Broncos turned in one of their worst performances in several seasons in last week's 36-4 flogging by the Sydney Roosters to leave them with just one win from four starts under new coach Anthony Seibold.
But Broncos hooker Andrew McCullough said 20-year-old Haas wasn't expected to single-handedly turn around their fortunes.
"If you are a big guy like that you should be able to play the ball quickly, big Payne has got to keep it simple and run onto the ball hard and make his tackles," McCullough said.
"He's been out for a while, we aren't expecting a real lot from him.
"A big frame like that in any team helps you when you look for the forward pack to create a bit of momentum. He might be that guy."
McCullough said Haas needed to get used to the limelight and he needed to learn to enjoy his football regardless of the pressure.
"It just comes with the territory. There are a lot of young guys coming into grade now, there's a lot of expectations, a lot of hype," McCullough said.
"Money is changing with the salary cap increase. There's always going to be pressure on guys to come in and perform, that's the nature of the beast.
"As a young guy it is a rollercoaster week-in and week-out and you've got to enjoy it along the way.
"We've got to get that enjoyment back. We'll be right, he's just got to turn up with the right frame of mind to deliver for his teammates."
Australian Associated Press