Bren­nan aim­ing high with Ar­row

The Courier-Mail - - QUEENSLANDERS - TRAVIS MEYN

TI­TANS coach Garth Bren­nan plans to “build the club” around Jai Ar­row as Jar­rod Wal­lace de­clared the Bron­cos would be re­gret­ting let­ting the Ma­roons Ori­gin hope­ful leave.

Ar­row is set to push through a painful back in­jury and con­front pow­er­ful Cow­boys ri­val Jason Tau­malolo in Townsville on Satur­day.

The Ti­tans lock, who suf­fered back spasms af­ter be­ing kneed in Sun­day’s loss to Pen­rith, is de­ter­mined to take his place at 1300SMILES Sta­dium.

Ar­row, 22, has been the buy of the year for the Ti­tans, av­er­ag­ing 56 min­utes a week for 144m and 27 tack­les in his first sea­son at the Gold Coast.

Ar­row was lured from the Bron­cos by former Ti­tans coach Neil Henry, but did not com­mit un­til he sought ad­vice from fel­low ex-Brisbane for­ward Wal­lace.

Wal­lace, also a Gold Coast prod­uct, left the Bron­cos af­ter the 2016 sea­son and se­cured his maiden Ma­roons Ori­gin jersey last year.

“He’s still only young. He could have stayed at the Bron­cos for an­other year or two, but he doesn’t want to be play­ing re­serve grade,” Wal­lace said.

“I think they (Bron­cos) are prob­a­bly re­gret­ting it a lit­tle bit now.”

Ar­row is con­tracted to the Ti­tans un­til 2020 and Bren­nan said he wanted to build his squad around the in­cred­i­bly hard­work­ing for­ward.

“He has a great work ethic and the play­ers love play­ing with him,” Bren­nan said.

BEST BUY: Jai Ar­row.

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