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Tanah ready to fill No. 14 Boyd after frustrating face injury

The best word to describe Tanah Boyd's past month has been frustrating.

Unable to take to the field, sidelined with a fractured cheekbone, the Titans utility felt fine through the whole ordeal despite having to sit in the grandstands with the injury sustained playing for the Tweed Seagulls in the Hostplus Cup.

"I felt good the day after [I did it]... it's a weird one. They don't hurt too much, so I was ready to go," Brimson said.

"I've just been getting flogged for the last four weeks, so it's good to be back and I can't wait."

Recalled to the NRL side for Friday's clash against Penrith after a good showing for the Seagulls on Sunday, the transformed hooker will fill the void Will Smith has left on the pine after his promotion to the No. 6 jersey, following a spine shake-up by Titans coach Justin Holbrook.

'I want to bring energy' - Boyd

"I'll be playing hooker [off the bench]. That's what I'll be doing and any energy and effort I can bring to the team, I'm going to do so," Boyd said.

"We all know what we need to do and we all know our role, we've all played there... that's the message.

"We just need to do our role and back ourselves. That's what we need to do... just be confident and play our footy and get back to that.

"It's pretty simple for us and we've just got to go out and do it now."

Making the switch in the pre-season to the No. 9 role, the 21-year-old has enjoyed the new challenge in the middle third of the field.

"I'm loving it to be honest. You know, make the move in the pre-season and training the full pre-season there, it's been good and I've enjoyed it," Boyd said.

"I'm constantly getting better and better and trying to learn more and more so, the more games I can get, the better I think I'll go."

Despite contesting for the same position, he has built a great bond with incumbent No. 9 Erin Clark who has began the year solid in the middle, with two tries, two try assists and an average of 31 tackles a game.

"Clarky and I get along really well. He's a fiery bugger and he's been playing so well," Boyd said.

"He's been one of our best I think and he always takes the sting out of the game. 

"I'm just going to try and bring the energy and effort, so anything I can do for the team, I'll do."

Be there to witness a battle of the young guns, with scintillating stars AJ Brimson and Jarome Luai headlining the Titans' Round 8 Friday night showdown against the Penrith Panthers at Cbus Super Stadium.

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