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Will Zillman : Digital Image by Kylie Cox, copyright @ NRLphotos. NRL, Round 3, Gold Coast Titans v Newcastle Knights at Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast, Saturday March 22nd 2015.

TITANS utility back William Zillman reaches the 150 NRL match milestone in Sunday’s clash with Cronulla at Remondis Stadium.

‘Zilly’, the vastly respected squad member, joined the Titans in 2009 after playing 24 first grade games for the Canberra Raiders who recruited him from the southern suburbs of Brisbane.

He can vividly remember his initial NRL appearance, in 2006 against an Andrew Johns-led Newcastle Knights, as a replacement for the injured Clinton Schifcofske.

After three games in 2006, he became a Raiders regular in 2007 but suffered the first of his two serious knee injuries months apart which threatened to curtail his career.

The Titans took a punt on him after his second knee reconstruction and he repaid that faith, playing in 125 games since.

“You look back now and think how lucky you felt to play just 10 first grade games but once you get the taste you want more, and after the two knee reconstructions after my first 24 games, I appreciate every appearance I’ve been able to play since and how much hard work is involved,” said Zilly today.

“To make it to 150 games is special but it will be a much more special milestone if we can get the win against the Sharks.”

Watch for an in-depth interview with Zillman on our website later in the week.