Sezer's vow to restore pride to Titans
Gold Coast five-eighth Aidan Sezer has vowed to use his final weeks as a Titan to restore pride in a club he says he will always hold dear to his heart.
Sezer's inclusion after missing the past month with a hamstring strain is a significant boost for the Titans who will need a whole-hearted performance from all 17 players who take the field if they are to worry the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.
Heading to the Raiders at the end of this season, Sezer is yet to taste victory against Brisbane at Suncorp in three previous attempts but the Titans' chances are significantly enhanced with the 24-year-old in the team.
Since Sezer made his debut in Round 7, 2012, the Titans have won just 29 per cent of the 21 games that he has missed, their winning percentage standing at 45 per cent with Sezer in the team in a period where they have failed to make the finals.
After two disappointing performances against the Sea Eagles and Knights in the past fortnight, Sezer said ahead of his return that he is determined to see his stint at the Titans finish on a positive note.
"This club has put a lot of faith in me, the fans and the staff so I just want to go out on a good note," Sezer said. "Whether that's playing finals footy or good performances from myself and just give the fans a reason to be proud of the Titans.
"I know I'm moving on but I hold this club close to my heart. It's a club that made me realise my dream of playing in the NRL; I moved a long way from home to do that and I'll always keep a close eye on this club as long as it's going around.
"Hopefully we can put a smile on the fans' faces and all the people who work hard behind the scenes."
Excited by a personal duel opposite Anthony Milford on Friday night, Sezer paid the Broncos the ultimate compliment by predicting they can go all the way in 2015.
A crowd of around 30,000 will go close to eclipsing the total crowd figures for the Titans' last three games combined and Sezer believes that could prove a handy tonic to the lack of energy his side has displayed in their past two defeats.
"You're only human and the adrenaline pumps a bit more when there are a few more thousand in the stadium," Sezer said. "Coming up against the ladder leaders we obviously know we have to be on our game.
"They're a class team and I'm backing them for the rest of the year. They've got a lot of quality in their team and we've got to be on our toes.
"A week's a long time in football and if you put together a few good training sessions and get a few boys back on the park it always helps with the team's morale."
Sezer's hamstring problems in his left leg stem from when he had to have a knee reconstruction when coming through the grades at the Bulldogs.
As a left-footed kicker his weakened hamstring now requires more careful management, something he will have to put up with for the remainder of his career.
"It's called a hamstring graft. I think there are three main muscles in your 'hammy' and they take one out to aid the recovery of the ACL," Sezer said.
"It's something I'm always going to have and just got to be a bit better at recovery and preparation.
"When I feel all right I tend not to do as much as I probably should be doing and it twinges sometimes and doing six drop-outs against the Warriors (in Round 15) didn't help.
"It's been frustrating to say the least. From an individual perspective I thought I was hitting a bit of form there for the club and to get injured and miss a few weeks with some disappointing results, it hurts even more.
"I'm excited to get back out there and hopefully I can add a bit of spark to the boys who are obviously down on confidence."