The Courier-Mail

Mark of Kane is bad luck for Dan

- TRAVIS MEYN JACK HARBOUR

DANIEL Mortimer came to the Gold Coast to relaunch his career as a starting playmaker but he is adamant there are no hard feelings following his shift to the bench.

Mortimer has been used as a utility given the emergence of rookie Kane Elgey in the No. 7 jersey.

Elgey got his opportunit­y in Round 4 after Mortimer suffered a wrist injury the previous week.

It was the first time Mortimer had missed a match because of injury and he sat out a month as the Gold Coast went on a winning streak.

Mortimer had produced a stellar pre-season and was planning on being Aidan Sezer’s permanent partner at the Gold Coast’s scrumbase.

But he will come off the bench against South Sydney at Cbus Super Stadium today as coach Neil Henry gives Elgey an extended opportunit­y at halfback.

Despite his relegation, Mortimer said he was happy with his role, which was one he played with great effect in the Roosters’ 2013 premiershi­p.

“Kane Elgey has gone great and I totally understand why he (Henry) kept him there,” he said.

“We’ve had a few wins and you don’t change a winning side. I’m happy to play any role. I told King (Henry) I’ll play wherever he wants me to.

“I put on a few extra kilos during that six-week period so I’m feeling quite comfortabl­e defending in the middle.”

Mortimer was a chance of being called into the starting side today but Sezer ( hamstring) trained strongly yesterday and should be fit.

The Titans have lost their past two games but had a bye to regroup and assess their last-start golden point defeat to Cronulla.

“We’ve got a young team and we haven’t been good enough in that last vital five to 10 minutes,” Mortimer said.

“If we’re going to be a finals team we need to address that.”

The Rabbitohs thumped the Titans in their last visit to Robina and will be looking to return to form following some poor performanc­es.

Titans captain Nate Myles will back up from State of Origin duty after leading a training session yesterday.

Coach Henry says standing tall defensivel­y in the middle third of the ground will be important for the Gold Coast.

“They blew us off the park here last year – a big pack with the Burgess boys and Luke Keary,” he said.

“Even though they haven’t got (halfback Adam) Reynolds in the side, John Sutton’s an experience­d five-eighth and is a danger too.

“Their form’s been a little bit up and down as well and we’ve had a couple of losses now. We need another win.”

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