Gold Coast utility Tyrone Peachey will be given until game day to prove his fitness after suffering a mishap during training on Wednesday.
Already on restricted contact due to the pec strain he suffered against the Warriors that forced him from the field after just 12 minutes, Peachey was left reeling after an attempted tackle on prop Shannon Boyd during an opposed session.
He left the training field immediately clutching at his left pec but Titans medical staff remain confident that there was no further damage done. They will review his condition following Friday’s captain’s run before making a decision whether he will line up against the Sea Eagles on Saturday.
Back-rower Bryce Cartwright also showed concern for a knee injury after slipping awkwardly in the wet conditions but managed to complete the session.
While the Titans could be without Peachey, Kevin Proctor is firming for an earlier than expected return from a fractured eye socket.
The Kiwi international will consult with a specialist on Thursday and be required to participate in full contact sessions before he will be given the all clear to play, Proctor training strongly in his regular position on the right edge.
Wednesday’s physical session was also the first outing for former Newcastle Knight Sam Stone, who is reacquainting himself with the Gold Coast.
The son of former Knights coach Rick Stone, who coached the Burleigh Bears to two premierships during his tenure from 1994-2005, Sam spent the first nine years of his life on the Gold Coast and played four years of junior footy with Burleigh.
In addition to having family in the area and the appeal of living on the Gold Coast, Stone said the opportunity to lock down an NRL position was his main motivation for making the move.
“I found out that there was an opportunity to come up here on Friday and I thought there was a good opportunity here for a back-rower,” Stone told NRL.com.
"Just to play as much first grade as possible would be my main goal for not just the end of this year but next year as well.
"There is some really good coaching staff here that I think can help me do that.”
Thrust into the NRL as a 19-year-old at the start of the 2017 season, Stone played 16 games for the Knights that year, the only win in his first 11 games coming against the Titans in round two where he crossed for his maiden NRL try.
He hasn’t featured in the top grade since round 16 last season but believes the difficult indoctrination will serve him well into the future.
"It was pretty tough. You're getting thrown in the deep end a little bit and you just have to do your best,” said Stone, who will turn 22 on August 4.
"It's made me appreciate how hard it is in the NRL and definitely made me a better player.”