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Holbrook hints Brimson's role for new season

Justin Holbrook has shut down speculation AJ Brimson could make a move to the centres, confirming the excitement machine will be playing at either fullback or five-eighth this upcoming season.

With Kieran Foran joining the Coast, public opinion has been in overdrive with how the Titans spine will look in 2023, and whilst the Titans coach remains tight-lipped as to the final combination for Round 1, he has ruled out the incumbent No. 6 making a switch to the outside backs.

"It will definitely be five-eighth or fullback," Holbrook told SEN's Sportsday.

"I've said a few times that I think he's equally as good at six and at one. Obviously we've got young Jayden Campbell who is electrifying at the back there for us as well.

"We've just got to use these next five to six weeks in trials to work out our best combination and then stick with that, but I can't give a definite answer at the moment."

Whilst there may not be certainty around the 24-year-old's exact role yet, there is positivism in his fitness, confirming he is back to full health after a number of niggling injuries troubled the star last season. 

"The good news is we've got him fully fit now. He sort of battled through last year whilst still playing every week for us, but we got to got him fully fit and firing," Holbrook said.

"He's such a dynamic player and is such an important member of our team and the most important thing for me has been making sure he got his body 100% right.

"He's had a few injuries over the last couple of years, so we want him fully fit this year."

Brimson is fully fit after working hard throughout pre-season training. Photo: Gold Coast Titans
Brimson is fully fit after working hard throughout pre-season training. Photo: Gold Coast Titans

Another guarantee Holbrook has given is Foran and Sam Verrills' inclusion into the starting 13 for the season opener, with both key recruits a welcomed addition to the Titans squad.

"It's great to have those guys in key positions join us and I think we all know that we've needed that as a team," he said.

"Sammy obviously did a bit of work before Christmas and Kieran came in a few days off his own bat before Christmas, which was great to have him, and we've now got him full-time.

"We've got to use this next few weeks before trials to get our combinations up because obviously we're a bit beyond the established sides, but it's great to have those boys join us, that's for sure."

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