Titans reveal their recruitment target
GOLD Coast coach Garth Brennan has revealed the No.1 position he is hunting to fill out his NRL squad - and it matches an ex-Titan who is back in town.
Brennan revealed on Friday the need for more front-row depth and it comes at a time when Nathaniel Peteru has been on the Gold Coast.
Prop Peteru played 22 games for the Titans from 2015 to 2017 before signing with English Super League club Leeds on a three-year deal.
The 26-year-old suffered a torn bicep in his first game for the Rhinos last month and has been doing recovery back on the Coast - but that's the full extent of his presence here, club sources have insisted.
Nonetheless, movement is on the cards with only 27 of Brennan's top 30 squad filled. A third spot was made available when Karl Lawton joined the Warriors last week.
"We're working with the NRL. Obviously you're supposed to have 29 players signed by the first of March," Brennan said.
"We had 28 at the time and an offer out on someone else so we're sort of complying by the fact that we are actively trying to fill those spots.
"It's not an advantage not having those spots filled by any stretch - it's probably a disadvantage."
Brennan confirmed adding to his front-row stocks is a high priority. Jai Arrow will start at prop for just the second time in his young career on Sunday with middles Jarrod Wallace, Keegan Hipgrave and Jack Stockwell all unavailable for Round 1.
"We're a bit light on at the moment with our middle and I really want to keep Ryan James on an edge where I possibly can," he said.
"It's not panic stations. I just want to make sure if I do bring someone into the club that they are the right person and they are right for the club going forward.
"I don't want to sign someone just for 2018 just to fill a gap. If I bring someone in, it's for 2018 and beyond."
Out-of-favour Canterbury workhorse Aiden Tolman has not been approached, Brennan confirmed.
"He's a quality player, don't get me wrong, but there has been no discussions with Aiden Tolman - with him or his management," he said.