After finishing last in 2019 under Garth Brennan, the Gold Coast Titans’ playing group needed a huge shake up and a new coach.
The emergence of Jayden Campbell will force AJ Brimson to shift to five-eighth in a new-look Gold Coast Titans side for the 2022 NRL season.
Jayden Campbell’s dazzling start to life as an NRL fullback will force Queensland Origin representative AJ Brimson to shift to five-eighth in the 2022 NRL season.
Campbell made an impressive start to life in Gold Coast Titans colours, benefiting from Brimson’s injury-enforced absence to make a mark in the NRL at the end of 2021.
With Jamal Fogarty joining Canberra, Ash Taylor linking with the Warriors and Tyrone Peachey heading to the Wests Tigers, spots are up for grabs in the spine as Gold Coast seek back-to-back finals finishes in 2022.
“The way Jayden Campbell is playing, I’m excited to play with him, it’s not one of those awkward things, I’m excited,” Brimson told Triple M.
“I think what is going to work best would be me back into the halves and JC to stay at fullback.
“I’ve played a lot of halves so it’s not anything really new to me and I’m not too nervous but it is a bit more tackling for me so I’ll have to get some wrestling sessions up in pre-season.”
With Campbell at fullback, Sexton is Brimson’s most likely partner with Erin Clark the man expected to make a permanent shift to hooker.
It’s one of the most inexperienced spines in the competition, with Brimson the veteran of the group at just 63 NRL games.
But with time on their side, the 23-year-old is confident the Titans can get it right to be a force in the top-eight once again.
“We know if we are going to do something in this comp then we are going to have a massive pre-season together,” he said.
“I think that is Justin’s (Holbrook) thought process behind it, telling us early where he wants us to play so after every session there is no confusion.”