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Locked in: Young half promoted with Foran to miss Ipswich trial

Experienced Titans playmaker Kieran Foran will miss Sunday's trial against the Parramatta Eels due to a slight calf complaint.

Under no injury concern for Round 1, the 33-year-old has chosen to withdraw from the clash after reporting slight muscle tightness in his calf following a training session this week.

Having played 282 games over 16 seasons in the NRL and building a formidable combination with Tanah Boyd in 2023, assistant coach Jim Lenihan confirmed the club will take a conservative approach with Foran ahead of the season opener on March 9.

"I don't think Foz really needs the time on the park," he said at Saturday's captain's run.

"He pulled up through the week with a tight calf, so there's no need to risk him this week going into a trial match and possibly creating an injury out of that.

"He's going to sit with his feet up on the sideline and watch this weekend and then get ready for Round 1."

Young gun Tom Weaver will pair Boyd in the halves; whilst Ipswich Jets-contracted playmaker Kyle Foxwell has been called onto the extended bench after playing a full game for the Titans against the Dolphins last weekend.

In other changes reported on Friday, Harley Smith-Shields will replace Brian Kelly at left centre after the 146-gamer was ruled out due to a virus. Aaron Schoupp joins the extended bench alongside Oskar Bryant and Tony Francis who have also been included.

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