Titans lock Jai Arrow admits the road to recovery took a little longer than expected, but says returning to the NRL at any less than 100 per cent was not a risk worth taking.
This Saturday against the Dragons, Arrow will be making his first appearance in the No.13 jersey since Round 14 when he limped from the field with an ankle injury that sidelined him for five Titans games and two State of Origin matches.
His return is timely, with the injury-ravaged Titans needing a boost to salvage something from this season.
“(I’m) very excited,” Arrow said. “It’s been a longer rehab than what I initially thought, but I wanted to make sure that everything was ok.
“I had a training session today and had no dramas.
“I did some contact in the gym to test it out as well.”
Before to the 23-year-old’s injury, Arrow averaged just under 150 metres and 16 hit-ups per game in a sensational start to the year, so his return will stiffen the Titans’ middle third against the aggressive Dragons pack.
“I’m really confident I can come back and give those efforts that I usually do in games and play good footy for the rest of the year,” he said.
“Hopefully I can bring some effort, some energy and the boys can jump on the back of that.”
The Titans have not been able to register a win in their past six starts, but the Burleigh junior believes the playing group are the ones who need to take ownership and turn it around.
“Obviously it’s not good seeing the club go through what it has for the last couple of months,” he said. “But us players need to take ownership.
“Training has been good. I can’t fault their training as an outsider looking in.
“They’ve trained really hard, but results just aren’t showing.
“We want to have a good last five rounds and win some games and for the fans that have stayed loyal we can put a smile on their face.”