The NRL exile of former representative forward Dave Taylor may be over after just one game as Gold Coast battle another injury crisis.
The Titans are sweating on scans of the injured shoulders of forwards Nate Myles and Ryan James after both picked up knocks in last weekend’s 34-0 loss to Brisbane.
While the Titans don’t play again until next Monday against Parramatta, bad results from the scans could force Neil Henry to recall Taylor just a week after axing the 123kg wrecking ball from first grade.
Taylor starred for Tweed Heads in their Queensland Cup win over Wynnum-Manly on Sunday, scoring two tries and playing the full 80 minutes.
Whether that performance would have been enough to regain his first-grade position is unknown, but the Titans’ lack of bodies may bring the 27-year-old back into contention regardless.
“Hopefully he can get back into some good form,” Titans prop Matt White said of Taylor.
“He had a good game, scored a couple of tries, so hopefully we can get him back in there.”
Taylor’s double is one more try than the Titans have managed in three NRL matches this month, with fans taking to social media to label it “OnetryJuly” on twitter.
White says it’s clear the club needs to improve, but he’s confident a turnaround isn’t far off.
“We just need to work a bit more on our attack and stuff. We’ve got a good attacking shape there, we just can’t get over the line at the moment,” White said.
“Once we score we’ll get a bit of confidence back and we can pile some points on.”