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Dragons veteran Shaun Timmins has today been cleared by medical staff to play in tomorrow night?s clash with the Sharks at WIN Stadium.
Timmins, 30, has been sidelined with an injury to his left quad and knee for 12 weeks having last played in the Dragons Round 12 clash against the Knights at Energy Australia Stadium.
?I?m really excited to be playing and can?t wait to get out there,? said Timmins. ?It has been a long and frustrating period where I at times I wondered if I would get back.
?The coaches, players and medical staff have been great and I am very thankful for their patience and efforts,? added Timmins.
?I?m looking forward to being able to contribute to the team on the field not only tomorrow but throughout the Finals Series?.
Dragons coach Nathan Brown will start Timmins on the interchange and is pleased to have his experienced star return at this time of the year.
?It is great to have Timmo back,? said Brown. ?He contributes to the team in so many ways and has special qualities that not every player is lucky enough to have.
?It is a welcomed boost for us all to know that we will have Timmo around for the remainder of our season,? added Brown.
The former Kangaroo along with fellow local juniors Trent Barrett and Luke Bailey will be given a fitting farewell at the end of the game with this being the final game of the regular season at WIN Stadium.
Timmins will take the place of Sam Isemonger on the interchange who today agreed to terms with the Club for the 2007 season. Isemonger, 28, will be rested this week with some minor niggling injuries but is expected to be fit for next week.
Fewer than 4000 tickets remain for tomorrow night?s match at WIN Stadium and fans are encouraged to prepurchase their tickets.
To manage the safety and comfort of the capacity crowd expected at WIN Stadium tomorrow night, the general admission (hill) area has been classified as ?Standing Room Only? and no chairs or portable seating will be permitted in this area.