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Holbrook not filthy on Latrell despite Brimson's broken jaw

Titans coach Justin Holbrook holds no angst towards Latrell Mitchell over a kicking action that left star fullback AJ Brimson with a broken jaw and unlikely to play again this season.

Brimson underwent surgery for a fracture on Tuesday and faces more than a month on the sidelines after Mitchell collected him with his boot in an attempt to play the ball last week.

Mitchell wasn't cited by the match review committee for the incident and Holbrook has turned to rookie Jayden Campbell to step up in Brimson's absence for the final weeks of the season.

"I'm definitely disappointed he's got a broken jaw but it's a tough one, Latrell was trying to play the ball quick," Holbrook said.

"I don't think Latrell meant it but it's obviously not good for us. I don't think it was deliberate.

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"He's out for minimum 4-5 weeks. He's got the same injury that Tom Starling picked up and won't be back before then.

"I don't think we'll lose too much spark with JC in the side. He brings different strengths in.

"He had a taste of it, trained really hard and gets another opportunity now. I think the fact he's had a few runs mid-year and did a good job will help him.

"He's got the X-factor about his game and is doing a good job."

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Holbrook was honest about the Titans' chances against a juggernaut Storm outfit gunning for 19 wins in a row.

The Titans are yet to beat a top-four outfit this season but have it all to play for as they sit just inside the eight with a healthier points differential than the Raiders.

Melbourne have opted to rest a number of players including Storm halfback Jahrome Hughes and Brandon Smith but Holbrook said their replacements were more than capable.

"If we play that well we know we can get the win but also know it's going to be a very tough," he said.

"I don't think it matters who they throw in. You don't miss too much. I think it will be a little bit of a disruption but they'll be OK."

Holbrook has recalled Jamal Fogarty at halfback with Toby Sexton making way in a change the Titans coach said was based around the side's five-day turnaround scheduled.

Maroons prop Moeaki Fotuaika (knee) is also only expected to miss a week.

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Fogarty's halves partner Ash Taylor remains without a deal for next season as he completes his multimillion-dollar contract and Holbrook added the playmaker remained a chance to stay at the club.

Taylor has been linked with a move to the Raiders but if he was to stay put, the Titans are set to offer a much less lucrative deal. 

"I'm trying to keep it open for him the best I can," Holbrook said.

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"If he can play well anything is possible. As frustrating as it would be at least I'm picking him and he's in the side.

"It's giving him the best chance to be signed either here or elsewhere.

"I don't think it's upsetting him or not. It's open-ended. It's not a definite yes otherwise we would've signed him but I don't want to close the door either.

"We haven't got any definite options for six next year so the longer I pick him the best chance he's got. For us the best result for us is he's playing footy."

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