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Walker's position safe: Cartwright

By Wayne Heming 28/06/2009 11:05:15 AM Comments (0)

Gold Coast coach John Cartwright has dismissed any thoughts of dumping experienced winger Chris Walker to accommodate the NRL club's latest speed sensation David Mead.

Mead lit up Skilled Park with a sizzling performance in the Titans' 28-12 win over the Warriors on Saturday night.

Earmarked by PNG coach Adrian Lam as a future NRL star after making his international debut as a teenager for the Kumuls in last year's World Cup, Mead stepped in late for Walker (migraine) and grabbed two tries, including a spectacular 90-metre first half intercept.

Mead and Kevin Gordon, another young flyer, scored four of the Titans five tries, displaying the same raw pace that launched Walker's career at Broncos a decade ago and won him State of Origin selection before he went off the rails.

While excited by the potential of 20 year-old Mead and 19-year-old Gordon - the two fastest players in the club - Cartwright said Walker's wing spot was not in jeopardy at the moment.

The Titans threw Walker, who has scored six tries this season, a lifeline in 2007 when he was looking to re-ignite his career after stints with Melbourne and the Roosters.

"It's not a good thing for morale (to do that)," said Cartwright when asked if Mead would keep his place in the wing.

"Walks (Walker) would have played tonight if I had let him.

"He's done a great job for us from day one this year and he doesn't deserve to lose his spot.

"We're just very fortunate we've got guys there of Dave's (Mead) character.

"We've got a few injuries so we'll just have to wait and see."

Mead, from Lismore on the NSW north coast, rejected an offer from the Roosters to stay with Titans for less money and his future looks secure.

The victory was the Titans' seventh straight at their Robina fortress and keeps them on top of the ladder alongside the Bulldogs and Dragons and well placed for an historic finals appearance at the end of the year.

"We need to focus on our away record especially if we want to be talking finals footy later down the track ," said Titans captain Scott Prince.

The Titans took the field against the Warriors with five key players - Mat Rogers, Luke Bailey, Ashley Harrison, Mark Minichiello and Walker - all out injured.

Utility Luke O'Dwyer will have scans over the weekend after suffering an ankle injury.

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