Titans name extended squad for local derby
The Jetstar Gold Coast Titans
have named an extended 18-man squad for Friday night's blockbuster against the Brisbane Broncos
at Skilled Park.
Jetstar Titans coach John Cartwright has opted to stick with the same 17-man squad that suffered a narrow but encouraging 15-14 loss to the Wests Tigers
, with former Broncos centre/winger Steve Michaels
again named as 18th man on an extended five-man interchange bench.
Michaels is yet to play for the Jetstar Titans since being granted a mid-season release from the Broncos six weeks ago but has been performing for Queensland Cup
feeder-club the Burleigh Bears
Despite the disappointment of the club's narrow loss to the Tigers, Cartwright was impressed by the effort and intensity the fifth-placed Titans showed against the Tigers ahead of their next challenge in Friday night's local derby.
The Jetstar Titans have won two of the three matches played against the Broncos at Skilled Park, with their only defeat on home turf coming in last year's finals match which Brisbane won 40-32.
The Titans will have an opposed training session against the NYC Under-20s this afternoon before finalising preparations with a training run at Skilled Park on Thursday morning.
In the curtain raiser on Friday night, the NYC Titans Under-20s will be looking to keep their five-game winning streak alive when they take on the Broncos.
The full NRL and NYC squads are included below.