Bird not worried about Titans talent

Injured Gold Coast utility Greg Bird says the talent within the young Titans squad is capable of challenging for NRL honours.

Bird, who limped off the field during last week’s 30-20 loss to Canterbury, admits the Titans’ record of four straight defeats has been hard to take.

But the NSW Blues representative is happy with the squad’s depth of talent.

“The first couple of games have been tough but there’s a long way to go and I’m confident in the personnel we’ve got at this club, we’ve definitely got the team to get us to the top,” said Bird.

“I think we’ve got a lot of young players and a lot of talent and I think if we get the best out of everyone and you go out there and try to win and try to get the best out of the players around you, that’s the best environment for a successful team.”

An ankle injury has ruled out Bird until round 8 while coach John Cartwright has given centre Jamal Idris every opportunity to prove his fitness after a hamstring problem ahead of the match with the Sydney Roosters on Saturday.

Forward Mark Minichiello however is likely to miss the match at Skilled Park after failing to recover from an injured ankle.

Winger David Mead will make his return against the Roosters after doctors ruled that his fractured jaw has recovered.

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