Gold Coast utility Daniel Mortimer’s versatility is one of his greatest assets, but it is also hampering his efforts to nail a permanent role at the Titans.
Mortimer began the year as the starting halfback alongside Aidan Sezer, but the Titans’ shocking injury toll and suspensions to key players has forced the former Parramatta and Sydney Roosters player to rotate between several roles.
After three matches at No.7, Mortimer has since played as a bench utility, hooker and halfback.
On Sunday against Canberra, Mortimer was named as halfback before Kane Elgey passed a fitness test to take his role in the halves.
That meant the 26-year-old began the game against the Raiders as hooker before Greg Bird’s quad injury off the kickoff forced a reshuffle that resulted in Mortimer playing alongside Elgey in the halves.
Mortimer says he’s happy to do what is needed for the team, but securing a permanent role next season is clearly his goal.
“I’d like to cement a starting position,” Mortimer said.
“I’ve enjoyed the hooker role there, and I feel like I’m probably playing some of my best footy there.
“It’s been one of those years where it’s hard to get settled with the injuries and everyone’s having to bounce around.
“Hopefully next year cement a spot and stay with it.”
With reigning Titans player of the year Beau Falloon not going to be offered a new deal by the club, the starting hooker position will be up for grabs in 2016.
But Mortimer is far from a walk-up start for the No.9 jersey.
Youngster Kierran Moseley has already been earmarked by coach Neil Henry as a player he wants to see more of, while veteran Nathan Friend is also heading back to the Gold Coast after his stint in New Zealand with the Warriors.
Regardless, Mortimer believes hooker is where his future lies at the Titans.
“I’ll definitely put my hand up for it,” he said.
“I’m really enjoying it and I find defending the middle quite comfortable and just working my butt off around the middle there.
“I’m enjoying it and if that’s my role next year, I’m more than happy to give it a go.”