Papenhuyzen to return via bench for Storm

Ryan Papenhuyzen will make his long-awaited return from a concussion off the bench against North Queensland.

RYAN PAPENHUYZEN of the Storm.
RYAN PAPENHUYZEN of the Storm. Picture: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Star Melbourne fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen will make his long-awaited return from concussion off the bench in their Friday night NRL clash with North Queensland in Townsville.

The 23-year-old battled ongoing symptoms since a brutal head knock during Magic Round in mid-May, with the Storm taking a cautious approach to his return.

Papenhuyzen was left bedridden for almost two weeks following the high tackle by St George Illawarra forward Tyrell Fuimaono, who was banned for five weeks.

They have had no reason to rush his return, winning 14 matches in succession with his replacement Nicho Hynes earning a NSW Origin call-up on the back of his performances.

Hynes has retained the No.1 jersey for the Queensland Country Bank Stadium clash.

As well as Papenhuyzen, Christian Welch and Josh Addo-Carr will be included after sitting out last round's win over Newcastle after Origin.