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Rogers keen to make impact against Manly

By Tony Bartlett 11/06/2010 01:45:16 PM Comments (0)

Gold Coast centre Mat Rogers has put Manly on notice as he plans to make an instant impact in his NRL return from injury at Skilled Park a month ahead of schedule.

The dual international put in a solid training session on Thursday, his first with the Titans since he ruptured his medial ligament eight weeks ago, and showed no signs of distress after the workout.

"No trouble at all, not even a thought about the knee at the minute, I'm just excited to get back on the field," said Rogers.

"It was a good hit out with the ball work session and exciting to be out there with the team and not running around on my own.

"Just a few days ago I had reservations (about the knee) but I was definitely reassured by the medical staff and I've come up good."

Rogers, who laughed off rumours linking him to Super 14 franchise Queensland, admitted it had been tough watching from the sidelines as the Titans lost their last three games.

But he hopes to help turn that worrying losing streak around against the Sea Eagles.

"I'd like to think I'm going to play well," he said.

"Whether it's just tightening up an edge in defence or whether it's scoring tries ... if the ball comes my way and I get the opportunity I'll relish that."

Rogers said he wanted to stay with the club beyond this season, though he acknowledged salary cap restraints may make it difficult for the Titans to do so.

But he laughed off reports linking his name to the Reds.

"It's been interesting, someone sent me a message on Twitter about that, so that's all I know about that at this stage," he said.

"And someone sent me another message this morning saying there were a few unkind words said about that, so I'm not overly concerned about anything other than playing well and playing well for the Titans.

"I'd love to stay here ... this is my fourth year here and I can feel something pretty special brewing around the place and it'd be nice to hang around but the unfortunate thing about rugby league is salary cap issues.

"We've got some fantastic young players who need to be paid, otherwise we'll lose them to another club or another code."

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