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Titans energiser backing debutant to continue to shine

When Josiah Pahulu ran onto the field to become Titan #190, one of his team-mates couldn't have been prouder.

As a fellow middle forward, Erin Clark has been championing the young prop at every opportunity.

The 26-year-old has highlighted the work rate of his young team-mate throughout the pre-season and every time he's spoken to media, he's been quick to say that he thought Pahulu would make his debut this year.

After watching him play in round five against the Cowboys, Clark has no doubt that Pahulu will grab his second opportunity this weekend against Canberra.

"I remember I was talking about him in the pre-season and I knew his time was going to come early," Clark said.

"It was just a matter of time (until he debuted).

"He reminds me of myself, he is probably a bit stronger than me and runs a bit harder as I'm getting a bit old and brittle.

"It's just his energy.

"He is really one for the future and even now, like his work ethic and where he has come from last year with injuries to where he is now ... to get a debut by round five at 20-years-old is a massive achievement for someone his age.

"Especially as a middle, that's a big ask for a 20-year-old middle to come in and play the way he did, that's good and it shows a bright future for Josiah."

Isaac Liu returns to the Titans side, with Joe Stimson dropping onto the extended bench to make way for the veteran.

After reaching the 250 NRL game milestone already this season, Liu will notch 50 Titans games when he runs out against the Raiders.

Despite the return of the premiership winning forward, Pahulu has retained his spot which Clark says should give him plenty of confidence to perform when he takes to the field in Canberra.

"He deserves it (keeping his spot) to, you noticed the difference when he comes on," Clark said.

"He turns the ruck over, gets good play the balls, runs hard and I think in the modern game he is one of those players like Spencer Leniu that when they come on they can change the game."

Clark has been named on the bench this week and will again look to make an impact for Des Hasler's team when injected into the game.

"I just do what I'm good at and that is bringing energy," he said.

"I'm still learning, I've been learning for the last five years, but I'm still learning this role at lock.

"It's just get a quick play the ball, turn the ruck over and get my hooker some good ruck speed.

"I'm just trying to bring energy whether that is through my line speed or my runs.

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