Ashley Taylor doesn’t expect Jarryd Hayne to throw Gold Coast’s attack off balance as they attempt to mount a finals charge.
Hayne will partner Taylor in the halves when they take on Wests Tigers in their vital clash at Campbelltown on Saturday.
And to get the win, Hayne and the Titans will have to buck an alarming trend.
Hayne has played in the No.6 jersey just 14 times in his NRL career, for only four wins.
He will also have had just 12 days to train alongside and familiarise himself with his new teammates as they try and convert their against-the-odds season into a finals berth.
Meanwhile Taylor has been the find of the year for the 10th-placed Titans, but he doesn’t believe his game will have to change to accommodate Hayne.
“We have a game-plan and we’re going to try and stick to it every week,” Taylor told Sky Sports Radio on Thursday.
Hayne came off the bench and initially played at centre in his first game for the club, but has been called into the starting side with regular No.6 Tyrone Roberts still battling a knee injury.
Hayne will be Taylor’s fourth halves partner this season after Roberts, Greg Bird and Cameron Cullen, but the rookie admitted he was most surprised to be playing alongside the former NFL convert.
“I never thought that would happen in my lifetime,” Taylor said.
“With him being in the NFL, I never thought I’d be able to play alongside such a great player.”