RYAN Kinlyside is surprised to be heading to Bundaberg for this weekend's 47th Battalion Rugby League Carnival only four games into his comeback.
He is one of six Warwick Cowboys players in the Toowoomba Clydesdales side for the carnival.
Kinlyside returned to the field for the Cowboys this season after recovering from a neck injury sustained while playing under-20 rugby league for the Newcastle Knights early in 2010.
"The neck has been fine but I picked up a rib injury in the first competition game against Oakey," he said.
"I played with it against Souths but it wasn't too good so I sat out the win against Dalby on Saturday.
"Coach Gary (Lawrence) just wanted me to get it right."
Kinlyside will come off the bench for the Toowoomba Clydesdales this weekend.
After this weekend's trials, a Central division team will be selected for the Queensland Country Championships which doubles as a trial for the Queensland Rangers.
"I wasn't expecting to be playing representative footy so quickly but, now I am playing, I want to make the Central division side."
Kinlyside said rugby league was a lot harder in 2012 than he remembered from three years ago.
In 2009, he played under-18 for the Cowboys and A grade.
"The games this season have been more intense," Kinlyside said. "There is a lot more pressure on us to perform and keep our spots in the team."
The Warwick forward isn't worrying about future NRL dreams at this early stage of the season.
"I just want to get my footy right," Kinlyside said.
There is no club games this weekend, the Cowboys host Goondiwindi on Saturday, May 12.
Kinlyside will be busy at all 2012 Cowboys games - he coaches the U18 team as well as playing A grade.