Dan Mortimer gets a chance to become a permanent member in the starting thirteen at the Gold Coast Titans after the Sydney Roosters granted the utility a release.
His move to the Titans is a result of a horrendous injury toll in the halves. Aiden Sezer’s pectoral injury in their loss in Brisbane on May 16 was the start of John Cartwright’s problems. The five-eighth expected to return in the final rounds. Albert Kelly continues to be a week to week proposition as he battles a leg problem that disrupted his pre-season. Monday night continued the horror run with Kelly’s replacement in Beau Henry picking up a posterior cruciate ligament injury in their loss against Melbourne.
Maurice Blair has been selected as a makeshift halfback for this week’s vital home game clash with St George-Illawarra, with Brad Takairangi to shift from the backs into the number six jumper. With the arrival of Mortimer you would expect to slot straight in at halfback where he will partner Blair. Takairangi should return to the centres at the expense of ex-Penrith flyer James Roberts.
Mortimer will relish the new role after spending the last few seasons where his impact was from the bench. Despite playing ninety-two National Rugby League games, he will bring Premiership winning experience to the club at an important phase where the Titans try and lift themselves out of a five game losing streak.
The Sydney Roosters have promoted Tyler Cornish to their twenty-five man National Rugby League squad. He has signed a two year contract. To read more about Cornish, check out 26round’s assessment of Mortimer’s move and Cornish’s promotion.