Departing Sezer expected to lead Titans
Titans coach Neil Henry has asked departing five-eighth Aidan Sezer to take more ownership of the side's attack despite confirmation that he will join the Raiders on a three-year deal starting in 2016.
Sezer was viewed by many as the ideal complement to Daly Cherry-Evans for next season but attention will now turn to the retention of rookie halfback Kane Elgey who has also attracted interest from other NRL clubs.
Sezer and Elgey will pair up for the third straight week in the Titans halves against Parramatta at Pirtek Stadium on Saturday afternoon and with Daniel Mortimer expected to be available as early as next week interest will centre on which combination Henry uses as the season progresses.
In his NRL debut in Round 4 Elgey had marginally more touches than Sezer with the count reversed against the Broncos last week and Henry said he has spoken to the more senior partner about asserting more control.
"I probably would like him to be a bit more dominant. That's something that Aidan needs to take on as well, to be the dominant force out there," Henry said. "He should be the main kicker and probably the main playmaker.
"Aidan's conscious of his own performance but we've also talked about him being more dominant, particularly in the kicking department.
"They're competitors and they want to get out there and play well for their mates and have a good season. If anything it will probably motivate the guys that are leaving to play some good football and to leave on a good note, to squeeze as much out of this season as they can. I'm sure that will be the case with Aidan."
Since the introduction of Elgey following the injury to Mortimer in Round 3, Sezer has shifted from his customary position on the left to the right side of the field.
While the major adjustment has been with his defence and not kicking from the preferred side for a left-footer, Sezer conceded that the responsibility for organising the attack should fall on his shoulders.
"You've always got to lead the boys around the park being a half. With [Elgey] coming on board I'm the senior figure in the halves now so I've got to take over the responsibility a bit more and it's been enjoyable," said the 23-year-old.
"He's playing what he sees and that's Kano's strength. You never go into a game saying I want to get the ball more or less, it's just the way it pans out. He plays on the left and I play on the right, that's the structure we've got at the Titans and whatever way it goes it just falls into place like that.
"It's been a bit different (playing on the right). I haven't played there in a while, in a few years, so really enjoyed the challenge of moving over to the other side and making Kano's transition into first grade a little bit smoother for him."
The under-20s player of the year last year, interest in Elgey's signature has ratcheted up since his NRL call-up.
With his strong local ties to the Gold Coast community, Henry is hopeful that Elgey's preference is to continue to forge his career with the Titans.
"We've got an offer in for Kane and there are other clubs interested in Kane as well and it will be a matter of whether or not he makes a decision to stay on the Gold Coast, being a Gold Coast boy and given his opportunity to play first grade here this season," Henry said.
"Hopefully we can come to a resolution that he stays here on the Coast."
The only injury concern for the Titans is prop Agnatius Paasi who is battling a ligament strain in his foot, Matthew White travelling with the team as 18th man as cover.