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The Jetstar Gold Coast Titans will roll out the big guns in Coffs Harbour this weekend, with Head Coach John Cartwright today naming a near full-strength line-up for Saturday night's pre-season trial match against Souths.
Jetstar Titans captain and halfback Scott Prince will form a new-look halves combination with Indigenous All Stars teammate Greg Bird while fellow stars Preston Campbell, Luke Bailey, Ashley Harrison, William Zillman and Coffs Harbour junior Kevin Gordon will all line up for their first pre-season matches for 2011.
In a significant step for flyer David Mead, the Papua New Guinean International will play his first game since suffering a season-ending foot injury in Round 16, 2010 after being named in the starting line-up on the wing.
Former Newcastle and Sydney Roosters utility Riley Brown will be given the chance to impress at hooker in the absence of regular No.9 Nathan Friend, who is still working his way back to full fitness following off-season surgery.
Friend (shoulder), Anthony Laffranchi (hamstring), Brad Meyers (knee), Esi Tonga (broken nose) and Ryan James (suspension) are the only absentees from the 26-man playing squad to take on the Rabbitohs.
Bird, who played the first part of last season in the halves alongside Prince, said he was again looking forward to wearing the Titans' No.6 jersey, which has been left open following the retirement of Dual International Mat Rogers.