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Show-stopping Dolphin’s exile to end

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Jamayne Isaako has not been sighted on the international stage since 2019, but Dolphins captain Jesse Bromwich says the historic winger “should be expecting a call” to join the New Zealand side.

Isaako cemented himself in NRL folklore in the aftermath of Saturday’s 34-10 win over the Warriors, becoming the first player since Mal Meninga – and just the second since 1990 – to finish the season as both the leading try scorer (24) and point scorer (242).

Jamayne Isaako finishes the 2023 season as the leading try and point scorer.

Jamayne Isaako finishes the 2023 season as the leading try and point scorer. Credit: Getty

He secured that status with a show-stopping performance at Suncorp Stadium, finishing with a try, five goals, 204 running metres, five tackle busts and three line breaks.

Given that he was seemingly unwanted heading into the club’s first campaign – having been released from the Broncos to the Titans last year and not re-signed – his emergence from the ashes has been meteoric.

So meteoric that he has scored the same number of tries in his maiden year with the Dolphins as he did in five seasons with Brisbane.

The Kiwis will have plenty of competition for spots on the wing when the end-of-year international clashes begin, with the likes of Ronaldo Mulitalo, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and Jordan Rapana all likely to come into the mix.

Jamayne Isaako delivered a show-stopping performance at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.

Jamayne Isaako delivered a show-stopping performance at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.Credit: Getty

However, Bromwich, the New Zealand Test captain who boasts 33 appearances for his nation, was adamant Isaako warranted a return to the top.

“I think so, yeah,” Bromwich said when asked if Isaako should consider himself a likely inclusion.

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