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Beau centre of attention to showcase utility value

Titans utility Beau Fermor tasted his first bite of NRL action for the year in Friday's derby with the Brisbane Broncos and his versatility was immediately on display as he was forced into the centres due to an injury to Corey Thompson.

After starring for the Burleigh Bears in the Intrust Super Cup in recent weeks, Fermor was elevated from 18th man onto the interchange bench at the expense of Erin Clark.

A backrower by trade, Fermor has also spent time in the centres at NRL level and may be called upon to play there in the coming weeks once the severity of Corey Thompson's ankle injury is known.

Fermor has played three games of Intrust Super Cup for the Bears this year, scoring a hattrick of tries in his last outing against the PNG Hunters last weekend and averaging 149 running metres a game. 

Such is his versatility Fermor scored his first try in the second row, his seecond on the wing and his third in the centres - a phenomenal effort.

This combined with 13 tackle breaks so far this season has made him too hard to handle in Queensland's premier competition and meant Coach Justin Holbrook had to find a way to get him into the NRL squad.

Bears Assistant Coach Luke Burt said Fermor's form had been irresistible at state cup level.

"He has been really strong and you can tell he is an NRL standard player by his performances," Burt said.

After injuries in the outside back, Burt was glad to have Fermor in his side against the PNG Hunters last weekend.

"It was great to have his utility value because we had a centre and winger go down and he was able to do a job as well as most centres, which was fantastic for us.

"I would love to have him playing all season for the Burleigh Bears but I think its unlikely given the quality of player he is."