Gold Coast coach John Cartwright has kept the door open for co-captain Nate Myles to play the NRL opener, even though he wasn’t picked for the final trial.
The injury cloud over X factors Albert Kelly and David Taylor has cleared, but Gold Coast coach John Cartwright admits co-captain Nate Myles might not be so lucky.
Cartwright gave the green light to exciting half Kelly (foot, rib) and blockbusting forward Taylor (corked knee) for their final NRL trial against the North Queensland at Toowoomba on Saturday night, despite the pair missing Wednesday’s training session.
It’s a shot in the arm for the Titans before their NRL season opener away to the Sharks on March 10.
However, the jury is out on whether Myles (groin) will take his place in the first round after Cartwright appeared uncertain about the inspirational forward’s availability.
Initially, the Titans had hinted only players named in their final trial squad would be considered for their NRL opener against Cronulla.
But Cartwright is keeping the door open for workaholic Myles.
“We will have to give him another week leading into the Sharks game,” he said.
“If he is not 100 per cent, we are not going to push him. He has another long season ahead of of him.”
Cartwright also put a line through the name of enforcer Ryan James (shoulder) for the weekend trial.
“It’s more precautionary,” he said. “We don’t want him going into the season with a niggle. We will consider using him in the Queensland Cup (before the NRL opener).”
Five-eighth Aidan Sezer (hamstring) has been cleared, while rookie recruit Paul Carter appears to have first crack at hooker.
Titans trial team: Will Zillman, David Mead, Maurice Blair, Brad Tighe, Kevin Gordon, Aidan Sezer, Albert Kelly, Luke Bailey, Paul Carter, Luke Douglas, Greg Bird (capt), Ben Ridge, Ashley Harrison. Interchange: Dave Taylor, Matt White, Mark Minichiello, Sam Irwin, Mark Ioane, Anthony Don, Kalifa Fai Fai Loa, Siuatonga Likiliki, Jamie Dowling, Brad Takairangi, Matt Beddow.