Beau Henry has been given no guarantees at five-eighth by Gold Coast coach John Cartwright despite the huge void left by injured Aidan Sezer.
Last half standing Beau Henry has been given no guarantees by Gold Coast coach John Cartwright despite pivot Aidan Sezer’s long term injury.
Henry played his first NRL game in a more than a year when he was thrust into the Titans’ starting side last round for injured halfback Albert Kelly (hamstring).
Kelly is on track to return for Saturday night’s home clash with the New Zealand Warriors but another vacancy has opened up for Henry with a shattered Sezer (pectoral) out for at least three months.
However, Cartwright said the jury was out on who would fill the void left by NSW City half Sezer who went down in last round’s 22-8 loss to Brisbane.
Cartwright said Maurice Blair and Ash Harrison were other five-eighth options he would consider.
“Doing a good job last week doesn’t guarantee a season,” he said.
“It’s a silly thing to say he will be five-eighth for the rest of the season, same for all of them.
“We have lost our last two games and the guys under them are going really well.”
Henry was the NRL under 20s player of the year in 2009, outshining the likes of Manly halves Daly Cherry-Evans and Kieran Foran.
But he has failed to crack a regular starting berth since linking with the Gold Coast from Newcastle in 2011.
He is on the comeback from a knee reconstruction.
Harrison and William Zillman will undergo tests after suffering concussion while Blair has been in impressive form in the second-tier Queensland Cup.
Kelly completed training on Monday and looked likely to return at halfback against the Warriors.
Cartwright tried to put a positive spin on Sezer’s devastating injury.
Sezer may only play again this season if the Titans (7th; 6-4 record) make the NRL finals – but that was good enough news for Cartwright.
“We are hopeful of getting him back before the end of the season,” he said.
“We haven’t put a time frame on it yet but similar injuries are between three or four months (out).
“We just have to make sure we are still playing then (when he returns).”
Cartwright added: “He (Sezer) will do everything he possibly can to get back on the field.”