Greenwood's NRL dream now a reality

With his dream of playing in the NRL now a reality, Titans back-rower Joe Greenwood insists he is ready to step into the breach should Kevin Proctor's shoulder injury sideline him for any length of time.

When it was decided by the Titans coaching and medical staff that Proctor would not return for the second half against the Roosters on Saturday night Greenwood was thrust into battle.

By running on for the second 40 minutes he and fellow Titans recruit Dan Sarginson created Telstra Premiership history by becoming the first English pair to debut for the same club in the same game in the NRL era, but he has already set his sights on playing a more significant role in the coming weeks.

 

Scans on Monday will determine the extent of Proctor's shoulder injury and should he be unable to face the Knights next Saturday, Greenwood is more than willing to put his hand up to come into the starting team.

"Wherever coach wants me to play I'll play and if he wants me to push out big minutes I'll do my best to push out those big minutes and do what's best for the team," Greenwood told NRL.com.

"Hopefully it's nothing too serious and he'll be back out there next week."

The 23-year-old only landed in Australia on Monday morning, with his arrival on the Gold Coast from St Helens accelerated 12 months earlier than originally anticipated.

It brought the dream of an NRL debut into clear view and he said after the game that he was still coming to terms with the fact that he is now playing in the NRL.

"I have to keep pinching myself because this is like a dream," said Greenwood, who ran for 48 metres and made 14 tackles in his first 40 minutes as a Titan.

"This is what I've always dreamed of as a kid, is actually playing in the NRL. 

"It's a big opportunity and the way league is going it's just massive and it's just growing and growing.

"As a young kid at 23 years old this is what I wanted and it's come so soon I have to keep pinching myself."

 


After 60 Super League appearances for St Helens, Greenwood admitted that the pace of the NRL was the biggest change but that spending the first 40 minutes watching from the sideline was the greater torture.

"I was just itching to get on," Greenwood said. 

"Those first 40 minutes were really slow and I was just waiting for the call, waiting for the call and then it came at half-time and I was just happy to get on and get some good minutes under my belt.

"It was a bit strange actually because the first 20 minutes [of the second half] went so quick and I looked up at the clock and the last 20 minutes were going slower and slower.

"It sometimes felt like the clock was adding on time.

"It's good just to get straight into it and not waiting about. Your nerves are there at the start but now they've gone, straight in and it's exciting.

"The crowd was unreal, the stadium's unreal and it were great to just get the first game."