Injured Titans half Kane Elgey has spoken for the first time since rupturing his ACL on Monday, saying he is ready to begin his rehab while endorsing Ashley Taylor as his successor.
Speaking to Titans TV, Elgey described how the injury happened at the very end of the first session of 2016 and how with the support of his family, girlfriend and teammates he is ready to begin the gruelling rehabilitation following surgery next week.
"The first two days I was pretty shattered but I guess now it's time to move on. I go into surgery next week and then rehab starts then," Elgey said.
"It was the last drill of the session, it was a contact drill and there wasn't too much in it.
"I felt a bit of pain and it was pretty sore but I walked up and did recovery and at first I thought it might have been a one week injury.
"I went and saw the doctor that afternoon and his face told me it was bad."
The injury to Elgey opens the door for reigning under-20s Player of the Year Ashley Taylor to start the season in first grade and Elgey is confident the youngster will make the most of his opportunity.
"Ash Taylor made his first grade debut last year and has got big raps on him and he'll go well," Elgey said.
"He's sort of in the same situation with what happened to me last year with 'Morts' (Daniel Mortimer) getting injured.
"He'll take it with two hands, he's that type of bloke. He's got Tyrone [Roberts] there and the boys that are around him so that will make it a lot better."