Gold Coast Titans captain Nate Myles has shaken off the after-effects of State of Origin and will back up for Saturday’s clash with South Sydney at cBus Super Stadium.
Myles said he trained normally on Friday morning and declared himself a certain starter after the session, having put in a typically tireless shift for Queensland in their Game One win on Wednesday night.
“It was a good win the other night and I’ve come back, got all the procedures out the way through the club and I’m feeling good,” Myles said.
“The boys have had a really good week this far and hopefully we can keep it going.”
Mark Ioane is on standby as 18th man, ready to come in for Myles if necessary, but it appears unlikely he will be needed.
“He’s predictably sore from a tough game, but he’s come through,” Titans coach Neil Henry said of his Manly-bound skipper.
“His role doesn’t change too much.”
Henry also confirmed playmaker Aidan Sezer is right to go despite sending a scare through the Titans camp earlier in the week with a minor hamstring issue.
Myles expects Maroons teammate and Rabbitohs skipper Greg Inglis, who had a quiet night on Wednesday after battling a severe bout of tonsilitis in the lead-up to the clash, will also be ready to play on Saturday night.
“I think GI will go about his business as he does every week,” Myles said.
“I don’t think there’s a game where he doesn’t put his 100 per cent in.”
Myles is bracing for another tough night at the office, with South Sydney’s powerful pack likely to try and set the tone early on Saturday night as they did in the same fixture last season, when the Titans were blown away 40-18.
“They get a lot of momentum through the middle, there’s some big boys rolling through there and Isaac Luke jumping off the back of it,” he said.
“We’ve got to make sure our middle third’s pretty tight and it’s a good challenge for us.”