Gold Coast coach Neil Henry says mid-season recruit Konrad Hurrell needs more time to get into game shape after a making a quiet club debut.
Starting in the centres, Hurrell struggled in the Darwin heat on Saturday and then aggravated a calf strain that forced him from the field in the second half of the Titans’ 22-12 loss to Parramatta in Darwin.
He finished with seven runs for 60 metres, as well as 11 tackles before exiting.
“It’s going to take time for Kony,” Henry said post-game.
“He didn’t have too many quality touches, he didn’t get much room to move and he tightened up a little bit at the back end of the game with a calf problem again.
“He would’ve liked to have seen a bit more ball but made a couple of good defensive reads out there. We’ll just wait and see how his leg pulls up.”
Hurrell provided the friendly fire that ended second-rower Chris McQueen’s night just minutes into the match and left the Titans with just 16 players for the remainder of the game.
Henry said he was confident of having both players back for next week’s match against Manly.
“Our doc said (McQueen) wasn’t fit to come back and he knew straight away. That’s fair enough, he wasn’t too good. I expect him to recover with the long turnaround,” Henry said.
The loss ended a four-game winning streak for the Titans, who haven’t been home for almost nine days after moving straight to the Top End following last week’s golden-point win over South Sydney.
They also blew a chance of moving into fifth spot on the ladder.
“It’s a long trip but it would’ve been nice to cap it off with some points. They were too good today,” Henry said.