Personally I am expecting a season as big as Nate Myles forehead this year for the Titans. It’s gonna be mega. A forward pack led by workhorses Bailey, Douglas, Myles and Harrison aided and abetted by the freakish talents of the big pineapple, Dave Taylor and the tough yet skilful talents of Greg Bird should have the Titans on the front foot from round one. The halves have been the talk of the off season and I expect that to continue till round 26. This is probably the achilles heel of the side with their options looking like something you’d find at the Rugby League Reject Shop. It may however give opportunity to guys like Beau Falloon or Marmin Barba to establish exciting careers. The other issue with the Titans has been at centre with a play for Jamie Lyon, Michael Jennings and well……um, …er, do you want a game?? Once again , opportunity may be the mother of creation here but they have publicly stated they are chasing a big name signing. I have heard Dale Copley. Well, he certainly isn’t a big name, so there goes that theory then……..From a SC point of view the Titans are offering great byes, consistent hard working forwards at fair prices and a bit of an X factor. From an NRL point of view I predict a top 8 finish with a weakness in the halves and punch out wide cruelling a top 4 finish.
Predicted 2013 Best 17
4. O’Dare/Hymel Hunt/Michaels
7. Kelly/Rankin/M Barba
In the mix – Anthony Don as a centre is being mentioned as is Dale Copley possibly being bought in. Marmin Barba is an absolute wildcard that should get a run. Ryan James will get the chance to re-ignite a injury plagued 2012. Wouldn’t mind seeing the big unit running out wide as the hair-bear-pair with Idris but probably has the turning circle of the Queen Mary. Expect a raid on Union in their search for a centre or perhaps Melbourne Storm. I guess Karmicheal Hunt could always swap back…….!!??
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Nate Myles ($319,600) – just a machine, he’s the leader of the pack and if he can stay healthy he should play 80 mins each week and knock up some very respectable scores in doing so
Dave Taylor ($341,800) – more tricks than a Tweed Heads magic act. The Titans are full of back-rowers, but DT is a beast and will surely be given enough minutes to again make his mark in SC 2013
Jamal Idris ($216,600) – bludger of a season in 2012 has left him juicy at under $220k. Fitter and faster ,could wreak havoc if the halves click.
Steve Michaels ($146,300) – defence has killed him, may not play a lot of NRL
Beau Henry ($102,500) - didn’t play last year. Not a good sign.
Mark Minichello ($231,600) - champion nearing Flight Centre for a one way ticket to the U.K.
Hymel Hunt (not in SC…yet) – sounds like a dyslexic virgin describing anatomy. Plays in the Justin Hodges style apparently which hopefully means he dosent break down every 3 games. From Union, was bought under ‘active’ bidding and may get dropped in the deep end sooner than anticipated.
Marmin Barba ($94,300) – Has a brother apparently who has some skills. So I am told anyway. Just as good as Ben his Dad says….well, Dads are bound to say that aren’t they…
Mark O’Dare ($87,500) - Another Union steal. Big and very fast with a step and swerve. Check out his you tube promo….The Titans did. May get a wing or centre spot.
Matt Russell is also worth noting. If BillZill breaks the pommie import may get a run , he has big wraps apparently.
Let’s face it, with 40 trades this year the byes aren’t going to kill you , but I guess we can at least make selections with byes as a bonus. With that in mind the Goldie have 13 and 18 off which works out beautifully for rounds 12 and 15 (first two big byes). In fact the Goldie has the second best schedule after Canterbury and only Myles a certain Origin selection. Bird and Harrison are getting on, Taylor is on the outer with Mal after headbutting golf carts at the Hyatt last year and Douglas and Idris are only outside chances of selection for the Blues.
The Final Word
The Gods of the Goldie are sparkling brighter than a METER MAIDS bikini top this year. They are offering more positional changes than a bi-sexual at a pool-side sex party with a number of players being dual, multi and a bit sore and red. Well, it has been hot and dry up here lately. They say a rising tide lifts all boats (or floating jetties if you live at a Hope Island canal) so if the team does well the individual players should also shine and score well for Supercoaches. In saying that I would anticipate a hard-working and talented pack should dominate SC selections as coach Cartwright plays a tight game with Srama and Sezer feeding off the crumbs. The backline is speedy yet suspect in defence and with the exception of rookies and perhaps Idris may not offer much value. Expect the expected and may Nate be with you.