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Zillman puts hand up for Titans spot

By Crystal Ja 26/02/2009 07:15:20 PM Comments (0)

There's no end to the jockeying for positions at the Gold Coast Titans, a proposition that has new recruit William Zillman hopeful of a bumper NRL year.

The former Raiders utility has yet to find his place in the squad, despite having spent the last two trial games filling in at fullback for the injured Preston Campbell.

Zillman, who is also being considered at centre or five-eighth, said it was the mark of a team on the rise that so many positions were being hotly contested.

He has all but conceded the fullback position for round one, with Campbell well on the way to recovery from a sprained ankle.

The 22-year-old star recruit, lured to the Gold Coast on a four-year deal worth close to $1 million, will try to stake a claim elsewhere in the team, but isn't banking on a guaranteed start.

"My hand will be up, but I'm not sure how it will pan out," he told AAP.

"There's a lot of other guys who are coming through the club at the moment, so there's certainly a lot of competition for a lot of spots.

"Competition in a team is definitely a good thing because it means we've got the back-up there and that we've got some really good young players coming through, like Shannon Walker.

"Wherever I play doesn't bother me as long as I can play some consistent football."

Zillman, touted as a future Australian representative by coach John Cartwright, has yet to iron out all the kinks on his comeback trail, after two seasons marred by a troublesome knee.

His standout season at the Raiders in 2007 came to an abrupt end late in the year because of injury, the problem resurfacing to cut short his 2008 season just two matches in.

Zillman is looking forward to what should be just his second year in the NRL untainted by serious injury.

"It's been 11 months now since my operation so it's basically fully recovered and I really don't notice it now," he said.

"But having said that, I haven't been that happy.

"I've got to work on a few things still and being out most of last year certainly hasn't helped.

"I've just got to get a bit of game time under my belt."

Zillman played his first full game for the Titans in last week's trail match against the Sharks and is hopeful of a similar outing against the Warriors in Lismore on Saturday.

It will be the Titans' last official hit-out until the start of the season, when they host the Knights at Skilled Park on March 15.

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