No Hayne but turmoil to spark NRL Titans

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    Parramatta coach Brad Arthur expects Gold Coast’s off-field turbulence will fire up the Titans for their NRL clash at ANZ Stadium, but he won’t have to worry about former Eels hero Jarryd Hayne.

    The gifted back, who is reportedly at odds with coach Neil Henry, has been ruled out of Thursday’s game due to an ankle injury.

    The Titans board are understood to be considering axing at least one of the pair.

    It would have been Hayne’s first game against Parramatta.

    Arthur said he had a good relationship with Hayne when he coached him but wouldn’t be drawn on whether Parramatta would try to bring him back if he became available.

    “He’s a Gold Coast Titans player and we don’t make comment on players at other clubs,” Arthur said on Wednesday.

    It would appear a far-from-perfect preparation for the Titans, who have lost their past four games and won just three of 10 on the road this year.

    However, Arthur, who endured a fair bit of off-field turmoil at Parramatta last year, tipped the Titans troubles to galvanise them on Friday

    “(The Titans) will be fired up and they will be ready to play,” Arthur said.

    © AAP 2018

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    • Roar Guru

      August 16th 2017 @ 2:41pm
      BigJ said | August 16th 2017 @ 2:41pm | ! Report

      How convenient that all this happens when the Eels are due to play the Titans???? What Hayne’s problem does not want to play against his mates or lost ones???

      • August 17th 2017 @ 8:08pm
        Barry said | August 17th 2017 @ 8:08pm | ! Report

        Add to the fact of being a team player? Ankle injury and did not travel with the team. At the very least you would expect a million dollar plus player to be there and assist in motivating his team “mates “.

    • Roar Rookie

      August 16th 2017 @ 9:23pm
      Joe said | August 16th 2017 @ 9:23pm | ! Report

      I don’t know about fired up. It just looks like once the Titans realized they wouldn’t be making the 8 they’ve pretty much had zero care factor. Probably the big disappointment of missing out after making it last year and the high expectations this year. Pity because they definitely have the team to play spoilers. Knights, Tigers and Rabbits are three teams that despite their ladder positions are at least putting in every week…Knights especially are the big spoilers at the moment and have won three in a row.

    • August 17th 2017 @ 8:08pm
      Barry said | August 17th 2017 @ 8:08pm | ! Report

      Add to the fact of being a team player? Ankle injury and did not travel with the team. At the very least you would expect a million dollar plus player to be there and assist in motivating his team “mates “.

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