BUDDIES IN BAT­TLE FOR SPOT AT SIX

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - RIKKI- LEE ARNOLD

TI­TANS coach Neil Henry says Kane El­gey is no guar­an­tee of walk­ing back into the start­ing side, with the bat­tle for the No. 6 jersey to come down to form.

Henry yes­ter­day named El­gey in his 21man squad, as the young play­maker races the clock to prove his fit­ness from a ster­num in­jury ahead of Satur­day’s clash with the Pan­thers.

But even if he does pass the test, Henry says he is no cer­tainty to come straight back into the 17, given the win­ning com­bi­na­tion of Ty­rone Roberts and Ash Tay­lor.

Henry hinted that El­gey could spend some time with In­trust Su­per Cup wooden- spoon favourites Tweed Heads, with Roberts prov­ing hard to de­throne from the five- eighth po­si­tion.

“Cer­tainly go­ing back to Tweed might be some­thing ( El­gey) needs to do for some con­fi­dence,” Henry said. “They’re light on in halves at the mo­ment with a num­ber of in­juries and he could cer­tainly run the show down there but we’ll wait and see.

“He’s done some contact ( yes­ter­day) and will do a bit ( to­day). He’s there in a 21man squad but with a view to play the week af­ter any­way.”

The Gold Coast are now in the hunt to make the top eight, with Tay­lor and Roberts lead­ing the side to a stun­ning 30- 10 win over Cronulla last week.

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