Hurrell to play for Tweed against Ipswich
Tongan World Cup hero Konrad Hurrell will be part of the strongest Gold Coast Titans contingent to play in a Tweed Heads jersey for several years when he runs out for the Seagulls at 1.30pm on Saturday at Piggabeen Sports Complex.
Hurrell, dropped from the Titans side in which he was last year one of their most dominant and popular players, comes into the centres against the Ipswich Jets.
His mission will be to regain confidence and form, and prove to Titans coach Garth Brennan he is worthy of reinstatement.
He joins halfback Kane Elgey, another of the Titans' potential game-breakers, on a similar mission in his second appearance with the Gulls this season.
Coach Ben Woolf will also have Ryan Simpkins and Brendan Elliot, who will play fullback, coming back from the Titans side beaten in Canberra last weekend, as well as Kiah Cooper in the starting 13.
Cooper will move from the centre to wing to accommodate Hurrell. Tony Matautia is also in the extended squad.
The Seagulls are chasing a fourth straight win after successive victories against Wynnum Manly, Easts Tigers and Mackay Cutters.
The appearance of Hurrell is sure to draw in fans for what will be a tough match against the flamboyant Jets, who boast former Titan Kierran Moseley at hooker.
"Koni [Hurrell] is one of the most enthusiastic and explosive players in the NRL and I know he will drop back with a point to prove which is a bonus for us," said Woolf.
"Kane Elgey showed what he could do when he played with real purpose and enthusiasm against the Cutters, and Koni will be no different.
"Brendan Elliot showed in his few games with us earlier what a class player he is, especially in defence, and Ryan Simpkins is a great leader who does all the little things right.
"Hopefully they can blend in well with our boys who have lifted in confidence in the past weeks and really started to develop some good combinations.
"There is really good competition for spots now, which is tough but also good for the club."
The Jets are in sixth place on the Intrust Super Cup ladder after five wins from eight games, while the Seagulls (10th) have a chance to move closer to the top five if they can grab a victory.
The 1.30pm ISC match will be preceded by the Hastings Deering Colts clash against Ipswich at midday, with the Seagulls' A-grade v Bilambil at 3.30pm. Free entry for anyone under 18.
Spectators can win a Mother's Day hamper and there will be a jumping castle for children.