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Weaver at peace with biding time for further NRL opportunities

Tom Weaver has shared he's at peace with knowing he will likely miss out on the starting No. 7 jersey as he prepares to steer the Titans around in this Sunday's trial against the Dolphins.

Debuting and playing in the final three games of 2023, the 20-year-old is eager to give it his all against a near full-strength opposition as he puts his case forward to coach Des Hasler to earn a spot in the Gold Coast's Round 1 team.

Conceding the position is Tanah Boyd's to lose, the Future Titans product has suggested he's happy to play any role required if it gets him a start in the season opener.

"I think my role is to step in if Foz (Kieran Foran) or Tanah were to go down, but I still want to put my best foot forward every time I train and play," Weaver said.

"If I got the opportunity to start the season in the No. 7, I'll definitely take it with two hands. It might go a different way... I'm not 100 percent sure.

"I've sort of got a mindset where I'm happy to play any role at the moment.

"I'm still young and I'm still trying to learn as much as possible.

"To play any role in the team, I'd be happy to just get a jersey."

But despite knowing he will more than likely begin the year with the Tweed Seagulls, Weaver is comfortable with that knowing he can continue to work on his game while still young as he prepares for a long career in the NRL.

"I'm still 20 years old, so I still know that I've got a lot of footy ahead of me," he said.

"Foz is getting to the backend of his career and Tanah is getting a bit older and those two have had to go through the same situation as what I'm going through at the moment. 

"You always see players that come in too early, get given an opportunity really early and don't take it, and then get spat out the back door.

"I think having Foz, Tanah, Des and Monners (Michael Monaghan) here, they're all teaching me and I'm learning so much from them and I think that will only prolong my career.

"So I'm happy to wait and bide my time a little bit and when I get my opportunity, I'll definitely take it as best I can."

Weaver will join a number of young halves in action this weekend, including train-and-trial duo Kyle Foxwell and Tom Steadman who will also get a crack in Titans colours.

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