With the bitter dispute finally over, Steve Turner has had the opportunity to join his Melbourne Storm team-mates. In what would be a fitting start to his pre-season involvement he may be included in the February 17 match-up between the two teams.
The Melbourne Storm and Gold Coast Titans are set to meet in the February 17 trial in Coffs Harbour. The match will provide both sides with an opportunity to experiment with their line-ups and work out some important combinations prior to the season. This is particularly vital for the Titans who have the added pressure of dealing with a completely new squad.
Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy indicated that he would include Turner in the line-up if he was ready. This will add to what has already formed as a strong rivalry between the clubs. Turner reneged on a three-year agreement with the Titans and renewed his contract with the Storm, starting a bitter dispute between the clubs.
Gold Coast co-captain Scott Prince admitted that Turner may be in the firing line when the sides meet.
"The Storm and the Titans have formed a rivalry already and I'm sure if Steve Turner plays he'll be copping a bit," Prince said.
The clubs last week came to an agreement whereby the Titans would receive two promising juniors in exchange for the release of Turner. Unfortunately, one of the players, Smith Samau, may require shoulder surgery which will further complicate the matter. All parties involved will be hoping for a swift resolution as the March 16 season kick-off approaches.