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Whitbread enjoying slice of NRL

He has played 29 games of NRL in his career to date, but for Jai Whitbread he will get only his second opportunity of season 2021 this weekend and it isn't a position he will be giving up lightly.

"It's always exciting and a good feeling when you get named in that 17 and I am really excited to take on Manly - they are a good outfit," Whitbread said.

"I am always trying to put my hand up (for first grade) and I guess you have just got to take every opportunity as it comes and I have one this week so I just need to take it with both hands.

"He (Justin Holbrook) just wants us to do our job and me to do my job for the team, nothing special.

"I have been working hard, so hopefully it shows out on the field this weekend."

The Titans face a Manly side who, led by a returning Tom Trbojevic, surprised them in Mudgee in round 6.

"I think a lot of people were surprised by that result," Whitbread said.

"They are a good side and it's always a challenge when you come up against the top sides and you want to beat them and show that you want to be there at the top of the table."

But it wont just be Trbojevic that the Titans are watching out for come Sunday at Cbus Super Stadium.

"He is critical to their side, but there is other threats that we need to focus on so we are not just looking at Turbo (Trbojevic), but their team as a collective," he said.

Whitbread has been plying his trade for the Tweed Seagulls in the Intrust Super Cup this year, with the side sitting consistently in the top three all season.

And it is another Seagulls talent who has shone in the NRL the last fortnight and caught the eye of Titans fans, in Jayden Campbell.

"He is a talent," Whitbread said.

"Watching him at Tweed, he does the same stuff as he does out on the NRL field.

"He is just so evasive and such a natural footballer and it is really exciting to see him get a crack."

Both players will be in action for the Titans' Inspire Round this Sunday at Cbus Super Stadium. BUY TICKETS