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North Queensland Toyota Cowboys coach Paul Green says his players are ready for a return to form in the first Queensland derby of the season against the Broncos.

The team flew into Brisbane on Thursday afternoon ahead of the Suncorp Stadium blockbuster on Friday night.

Green admits there is something special about playing against the Brisbane side.

“Should be a big crowd. It’s the local derby, and we enjoy plenty of support down here," he said.

“I know I’m looking forward to it and so are the players.”

North Queensland will be chasing their first victory of the season, and despite losses to the Roosters and the Knights last week by two points, the coach believes there’s no need to hit the panic button.

“Just shows you how close this competition is," he said.

"It’s a tough competition, if you’re off your game a little bit you normally get beaten.” 

Green said the side was disappointed with their performance against the Knights, and with an expected crowd of more than 40,000, the team will rise to the occasion.

“Physically we are in a very good position.”

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