Gold Coast captain Nate Myles says he doesn’t buy media speculation his State of Origin teammate Sam Thaiday is on the outer at NRL rivals Brisbane.
It’s been claimed Thaiday has only weeks to prove himself if he wants to stay at the Broncos beyond this year.
The Queensland and Australia forward was called out by coach Wayne Bennett following the Broncos’ opening-round loss against South Sydney and has come off the interchange bench in the three matches since.
Thaiday will return to the Broncos’ starting lineup for Friday’s M1 derby against the Titans at CBUS Super Stadium with Adam Blair out injured.
Myles says the 26-Test veteran Thaiday is “built for big games” and will be one of the Titans’ main concerns.
“I don’t believe a lot of things I read in the media,” Myles said.
“I’ve got no doubt he’ll be up for a big one again.
“He’s a fantastic competitor and that’s why he’s got 20-odd Origins, 20-odd Tests. He’s built for big games and I’ve got no doubt he’ll be up for it.”
Another one of Myles’ Queensland teammates poised to spoil things for the Titans is veteran forward Corey Parker.
The 32-year-old ran 144 metres and made 26 tackles in last weekend’s win over the Warriors in Auckland and Myles says the lock’s dangerous attacking impact will have to be nullified.
“Fine wine Coz, isn’t he? His best years, they just keep coming,” Myles said.
“He’s a danger for them definitely with his offloads and he leads from the front.”