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TItans won't seek revenge on Turner

By Daniel Pace 13/02/2007 10:30:38 PM Comments (0)

Melbourne winger Steve Turner will be a marked man when he plays in a trial against Gold Coast in Coffs Harbour on Saturday but Titans coach John Cartwright insists his players won't be seeking revenge through illegal tactics.

Turner, 22, became embroiled in a bitter contract dispute between Melbourne and the Titans last year after agreeing to terms with Gold Coast and then reneging on the deal to re-sign with the Storm.

The long-standing impasse was only resolved last month when the Storm agreed to pay the Titans compensation and send two rookies - Smith Samau and Daniel Isaac - to the Gold Coast as part of a player exchange.

"Nothing's been said (between the Titans players)," Cartwright remarked when asked if Turner could expect a hostile reception in the historic trial on Saturday night.

"The fellas here have become very close-knit and no-one likes what he did.

"The game's too professional now for anyone to be targeted but it'll be interesting to see what happens when he does get the ball.

"The players are all professional and the judiciary will come into play if anyone does anything stupid.

"Nothing stupid will be done but I suppose there'll be plenty of aggression there."

Cartwright said he had moved on from the Turner saga.

"If you sit there stewing on that, then you're forgetting something else in the preparation," he told AAP.

"He made his decision. It didn't go down very well but we've moved on."

Cartwright has enough on his plate as he prepares a youthful and inexperienced 28-man squad for the clash against a full-strength Storm outfit that includes teenage superstar Greg Inglis at five-eighth.

"Six months ago when they were sitting down watching a grand final (between Brisbane and Melbourne) they would never have thought they'd be out playing against one of the sides in there," Cartwright said about the Titans squad, mainly drawn from the Queensland Cup.

"That can often bring out the best in people."

Much of the attention will focus on Turner's reception but it'll be interesting to see how Inglis handles the five-eighth role following the departure of veteran Scott Hill to English Super League club Harlequins.

"He could play anywhere from front-row to fullback," Cartwright said about the 20-year-old Inglis.

"He's just a handful for every player, more so at five-eighth because he can get his hands on the ball a lot more often.

"He's just got to learn the intricacies of playing five-eighth. He's got all the natural skills - vision, pace, step and swerve."

The Titans will spend most of next week in Coffs Harbour preparing for their next trial after the Storm match - against Parramatta in Lismore on February 24 when Cartwright will field some of his top-shelf players.

Gold Coast v Melbourne trial squad: Richie Mathers, Chris Walker, Josh Graham, Jordan Atkins, Nathaniel Barnes, David Myles, Isaac Kaufmann, Michael Henderson, Tim McCann, Brad Meyers, Michael Hodgson, Adam Hutchison, Kris Kahler, Nick Parfitt, James Wood, Joel Reithmuller, Chris Enahoro, Andrew Maroney, Matt Austin, Murray Emmerson, Matt Francis, Tyson Lofipo, Josh Costello, Matt Pow, Josh Blatch, Kale Burton, Smith Samau, Josh Vaughn.

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