Gold Coast Halfback Ash Taylor could return to the NRL this week after a successful return to the pitch last Saturday.
Taylor has not played in the NRL since the Titan defeat in Round 12 against North Queensland and is taking a break due to personal problems.
He returned to the field in the Queensland Cup and made an attempt when Tweed Heads came from behind in the remote town of Ilfracombe on Saturday evening to defeat Central Queensland 28-18.
Although it was a successful weekend for Taylor, it was not so good for the Titans in their first game after coach Garth Brennan’s dismissal.
After taking a 12-0 lead against a Melbourne line-up that had changed many times, the Titans were unable to stop the storm that won 38-18 at Cbus Super Stadium on Sunday.
In the wake of the defeat, Craig Hodges said all positions for Saturday’s southeastern Queensland derby against Brisbane – Taylor’s former club – were open.
Whether 24-year-old No 7 returns to the NRL this weekend or not, Taylor’s return is good news for rugby great Petero Civoniceva.
“It takes a lot of courage to retire and obviously get some help. That’s what he did,” Civoniceva told AAP.
“Obviously he has a great future in the game and is such an important part of our game…we just want to make sure he’s at a good point in life and all we can do is get around him and support him.
“It’s nice to see him back on the field.”