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"It feels like I'm debuting again", Marsters excited for NRL return

Esan Marsters has played 79 NRL games, but he says he is both nervous and excited as he makes his return to the Titans top side this week.

"It sounds a bit weird, but it feels like I'm debuting again because it has been so long since I've played some footy," he said.

"I'm excited to be back in the team this week, pretty nervous, but I'm confident having been there before."

Marsters replaces the suspended Patrick Herbert in the centres and will make his first appearance for the Titans since round 13.

"It was definitely a goal for me to be back in there and hopefully this week I can go out and play some good footy and we will see what happens."

With players operating under the NRL's level four Apollo protocols, Marsters and other players who haven't been in the NRL squad haven't been able to return to the Titans feeder clubs in Tweed Seagulls and Burleigh Bears.

He says without being able to play games, the key has been to impress at training and to be ready should the opportunity arise as it has this week.

"I spoke to Justin last week and this week and I think the effort around training, especially when we are not playing games and we don't have the opportunity to show what we can do, I think you can still go out there and train the best you can," Marsters said.

"We're not really playing any other football, we're just training at the moment.

"I'm lucky enough to have had good training sessions in the past couple of weeks."

The centre expects the Titans to take confidence after strong result against the Dragons in round 19, but says they won't be taking the Bulldogs lightly when they meet at Cbus Super Stadium on Sunday.

"There is always some confidence after a win and especially a good win like that," Marsters said.

"I know we've got a tough job ahead of us ... for us, not getting ahead of ourselves and we need to do what we did last week and play some good football.

"I think one thing I've always noticed when I've played against the Bulldogs is they are going to turn up for 80 minutes.

"We're going to go out there and treat the Bulldogs like they are a top four team.

"It's just for us, going out there and playing like we did last week and going in with a bit of confidence."