Injury concerns have forced Gold Coast Titans coach John Cartwright to delay a team announcement ahead of their final NRL trial against the Cowboys.
Injury concerns have forced Gold Coast Titans coach John Cartwright to delay naming his team for their final NRL pre-season trial against North Queensland in Toowoomba on Saturday night.
Cartwright was set to unveil his squad on Tuesday but postponed it 24 hours as he sweated on the likes of star forward David Taylor (knee) and playmaker Aidan Sezer (hamstring).
There is also a question mark over blockbusting forward Ryan James (shoulder).
Taylor was one of the high profile casualties of last weekend’s Auckland Nines, suffering a badly corked knee as the Titans bombed out and failed to make the finals.
Five-eighth Sezer was rested for the Nines and also missed the Titans’ recent trial win over New Zealand Warriors as a precaution.
Sezer told reporters on Tuesday that he expected to chime into the halves with Albert Kelly against the Cowboys this weekend.
“I was disappointed to miss the Warriors trial and the Nines, but obviously there is a bigger picture and a season to be played,” he said.
“You don’t want to risk injury at this time of the season.
“We have a field session tomorrow and as long as I come out of that alright I should be right to go.”
Cartwright faces some more welcome headaches ahead of the season with classy recruits Maurice Blair and Brad Tighe pushing for selection in the backline.
However, rookie Paul Carter appears to have the early jump on the No.9 jersey.
He is expected to get the nod for the Cowboys clash with Matt Srama (shoulder) still recovering and other rake options Beau Falloon and Sam Irwin not featuring in either the Warriors trial or the Nines.