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Prince set to put pressure on Thurston

15/04/2009 06:56:25 PM Comments (0)

Relieved after deciding his NRL future, a "settled" Scott Prince believes he can now take his game to another level in an ominous warning to representative rival Johnathan Thurston.

So happy is Prince at the Gold Coast Titans that he re-signed until the end of the 2014 NRL season.

And Prince said his form would only improve as a result - hardly music to the ears of embattled halfback Thurston.

Prince is placing plenty of pressure on Thurston to retain the Australian halfback role for the May 8 Anzac Test in Brisbane, especially after leading the Titans to a last-round win over the Cowboys.

Thurston appears frustrated by the "quality rather than quantity" attacking role given to him by new North Queensland coach Neil Henry.

To boot, the Cowboys have slumped to a 1-4 season start.

In contrast, Prince has made a seamless return from injury in a Gold Coast side sitting pretty in second on the NRL ladder thanks to gritty away wins at Townsville and Melbourne.

"That (Test halfback) is always going to be talked about and debated about, but I'd like to think I am enjoying my football now," Prince said.

"And with the signing of a new contract and ruling out the opportunity to go elsewhere it makes me feel settled.

"I'd always like to think that there is improvement in my game.

"If you were looking at a graph over the years in football terms it is always going up."

Prince will be 34 when his Titans contract expires.

But he said watching the likes of Dragons veteran Wendell Sailor (35 in July) and Titans teammates Mat Rogers (33) and Preston Campbell (31) enjoy a second wind convinced him he could only get better.

"It does (inspire). I've watched Matty and even Preston Campbell playing some outstanding footy in their early 30s," Prince said.

"I thought well if they can do it, maybe I can.

"I am a year off turning the big 3-0 so I am looking forward to it."

Prince then laughed: "You never know I could play until I am 40 - but you would have to talk to Searley (Titans boss Michael Searle) about that."

Prince is nearing the 200-game mark but a series of serious injuries have limited his playing time since his NRL debut for North Queensland way back in 1998.

However, Prince feels he has used up all his back luck with injuries despite entering the final years of his NRL career.

"Things are going okay, touch wood. I've had my fair share of low points in my career in terms of injury, I'd like to think that's behind me," he said.

Searle dismissed talk that it was a risk to sign a 29-year-old on a long-term deal.

"I think Scott will only continue to get better and craftier as he gets older," he told reporters.

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