Gold Coast Titans half-back Ash Taylor is set to miss the next 3-4 weeks after breaking his hand against the Broncos in the second round.
Taylor was a notable omission when the Titans’ squad roster was announced on Tuesday, with Tanah Boyd appointed to step up in his absence.
After the Titans’ 28-16 win over the Broncos last FridayTaylor reported hand and wrist pain. The running back underwent wrist surgery in the offseason.
It’s a blow to Justin Holbrook’s men who appear to be on the cusp of a long-awaited final appearance in 2021.
With their star half-back missing for potentially up to a month, that could be the thing stopping them from playing football in September.
The Gold Coast will then face the Cowboys this Sunday, before games against the Raiders, Knights and Manly in the following weeks.
Taylor’s omission will also put a pause on the crucial combinations that will need to form between him and star strike signings David Fifita and Tino Fa’asuamaleaui.
If the Titans are to get the most out of their off-season acquisitions, eighth immortal Andrew Johns believed Taylor was the key to bringing it all together.
“There are a lot of new suits out there, there could be some nerves figuring out how each one plays,” Johns told Wide World of Sports’ Immortal behavior. “They have to settle this as soon as possible.
“But they have strike players over there in David Fifita and Tino Fa’asuamaleaui, it’s the halves’ job to create the game and make room for these guys.
“It’s the job of the halves, they have to build a formation or games or shapes, which gives these background rowers to move … to understand the strengths of the players around them, how they want the ball and where they want the ball. That’s the challenge for the Titans halves. “
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