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Prince praises Henry before Titans debut

Wayne Heming 22/07/2011 03:57:46 PM Comments (0)

Gold Coast representative halfback Scott Prince has described five-eighth Beau Henry as a Brad Fittler or Trent Barrett in the making ahead of his first game for the club against North Queensland.

After a month of preparation, the former Warilla Gorilla junior is set to make his eagerly anticipated debut for the struggling Titans as Prince's future long-term halves partner.

Prince, who rated Henry highly even before the 21-year-old gambled his $100,000-a-season deal by shifting from Newcastle to the Titans mid-season, likes the youngster's skills.

"Without putting too much pressure on the kid, he's certainly got the ability," enthused Prince, who feels Henry can reduce the pressure on him with his passing and kicking game.

"He's the type of five-eighth .... the Brad Fittler, Trent Barrett type where he's big and possesses a good passing game and kicking game."

Prince was referring to Henry's 188cm, 96kg frame helping him take the line on like Fittler or Barrett.

The Toyota Cup player of the year with Newcastle in 2009, Henry played six games for the Knights before deciding to take a gamble with the Titans.

"Personally I think he's a very talented kid and he gets his shot tomorrow night. His training has been outstanding," said Prince.

"He can take a lot of pressure off me with the ball in hand and with the kicking as well.

"He's a big kid and he can be a handful close to the line."

Henry will come up against a young Cowboys halves pairing of Ben Jones and Ray Thompson, with skipper Johnathan Thurston still weeks away from returning from a knee injury.

Cowboys prop Matt Scott will travel down from Townsville wearing a back brace after missing last week's loss to the Wests Tigers.

Scott aggravated his back playing in the State of Origin series.

"It's not quite 100 per cent but I still got two days yet," he said on Friday morning.

Thurston will travel with the Cowboys and Scott said it would be goodfor Jones and Thompson to have him there for support.

Meanwhile Titans coach John Cartwright said his players definitely owed their loyal fans something after the club's poor start to the season.

"It's important that they see we're out there swinging," Cartwright said.

Cartwright wasn't surprised veteran prop Luke Bailey had gone out on a limb and suggested the side could win six of their last seven games.

"Luke's form for us has been super," he said.

"If we can get a few guys to believe and jump on the back of Bull (Bailey), I've got no doubt we can do it."

The game will be Prince's 100th for the club and his 254th since making his debut for the Cowboys against Canberra in 1998.

However with Preston Campbell (250 games), Bailey (200 games) and Prince himself (250 games) all losing on big milestone nights already this season, he wasn't keen to make a big deal of the occasion.

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