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Titans' new Beau bolsters halves depth

Jim Morton 13/06/2011 05:05:00 PM Comments (0)

Talented Newcastle discard Beau Henry has begun training with Gold Coast, but must bide his time behind rejuvenated halves Scott Prince and Preston Campbell before gaining a Titans debut.

Unwanted for a second time by Wayne Bennett, Henry completed his mid-season transfer from the Knights on Monday when he suited up in his new colours at Robina.

The 21-year-old Wollongong junior played six matches for Newcastle this year, after switching from St George Illawarra, where he took out the club's 2009 Toyota Cup player of the year award.

While Bennett viewed Henry as excess to requirements at both the Dragons and Newcastle, Coast coach John Cartwright saw a big future for the robust 188cm, 96kg playmaker.

"He's a great young talent," Cartwright said on Monday. "When he was off contract at the Dragons, I know they were keen to keep him last year despite what's been said.

"He took his opportunity at Newcastle and, unfortunately for him, with Wayne coming in, he's had to move on and wasn't needed there.

"We couldn't be happier. We have had our troubles in the five-eighth area and he can play at half or five-eighth."

The Titans have struggled to fill the void left by Mat Rogers' retirement, with Luke Capewell and William Zillman used unsuccessfully at No.6.

Only the return to form and fitness of Campbell in the past fortnight has ensured Henry won't be immediately required by his new club on Friday night against South Sydney.

Campbell re-signed last week with the Titans.

His combination with Prince was a big factor in their uplifting 28-14 upset of the Dragons at the weekend.

Henry, who had signed until the end of 2013 and seen more as a long-term project, admitted he must remain patient.

"If I do get selected that'd be great, but there's been some boys here training throughout the pre-season, so I might have to wait my time but, when it comes, I'll take it with both hands," he said.

"Hopefully, I can get a chance and can prove to the boys that I'm the kind of player that wants to be here at the club and wants to play for everyone."

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