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Holbrook expects returning Titans to make the most of opportunity

Titans Coach Justin Holbrook says he is excited by what the fresh faces re-joining the squad can bring tomorrow night against Melbourne.

Jayden Campbell, Jamal Fogarty, Sam McIntyre and Erin Clark all return to the starting side and Holbrook says their energy will be key against the table topping Storm.

"I think the fact that they are fresh is key for us," Holbrook said.

"Jamal is fully fit, Toby (Sexton) has done a great job for us for four weeks now and at only 20-years of age it won't hurt him to have a bit of a break.

"Sam McIntyre is fresh and ready to go and Erin (Clark) comes in for Mitch Rein

"That's the reason for our changes but I'm really confident in the 17 that we've picked to play against Melbourne."

Campbell replaces AJ Brimson (jaw injury) at fullback, at his coach says while it is disappointing to lose a player through injury, he's expecting a big performance from his new number one.

"I don't think we'll lose too much spark with JC in the side. He brings different strengths in.

"He had a taste of it, trained really hard and gets another opportunity now. I think the fact he's had a few runs mid-year and did a good job will help him.

"He's got the X-factor about his game and is doing a good job."

McIntyre returns at lock, with Tino Fa'asuamaleaui moving to the front-row to cover for Moeaki Fotuaika who will miss the game.

Holbrook says his State of Origin forward will only miss this week.

Its only due to a short turnaround that Moe won't play," Holbrook said.

"If it was seven days he would probably play, it is just a niggling injury that we've chosen to just freshen him up for the week after and not rush him to play against the Storm."

Melbourne have made their own changes, with Nicho Hynes moving to half-back and Ryan Papenhuyzen returning at fullback.

Holbrook says he isn't concerned about the opposition's changes, instead focussing on making sure his side delivers a strong performance in the first ever Thursday night fixture at Cbus Super Stadium.

"If we play that well we know we can get the win but also know it's going to be a very tough," he said.

"I don't think it matters who they throw in. You don't miss too much. I think it will be a little bit of a disruption but they'll be OK."

Acknowledgement of Country

Gold Coast Titans proudly acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are situated, the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh Language Region. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connections to the lands, waters and their extended communities throughout South East Queensland.