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Brimson Booking Titans Future At Fullback

High Praise For Humble Teen

Brimson Booking Titans Future At Fullback IMAGE: Gold Coast Titans

His Gold Coast Titans teammates believe AJ Brimson could be the long-term fullback for the club, but the man himself is just happy to be playing.

The 19-year-old rookie has been named to start in the number one jersey once again for Friday night's clash with the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at Lottoland, with the outgoing Kane Elgey retained at five-eighth.

Veteran Michael Gordon is still sidelined with a wrist injury, and a potential return in the final three rounds of the regular season is being labelled a week-by-week proposition.

It's given Brimson another chance to show what he's got in one of the most demanding positions on the field, and senior teammate Kevin Proctor believes it could be his best fit.

"He's a superstar, AJ", said Proctor.

"I reckon fullback because he gets his hands on the ball a bit more.

"Flash (Michael Gordon) has been doing an awesome job for us this year and he's said he's happy to play wherever, but AJ has been going real good at fullback."

The Gold Coast Under 20s product made a solid 87 metres with the ball against Penrith on Saturday, but it was what the statistics couldn't show that impressed his teammates and experts the most.

He made at least three try-saving tackles on the finals-bound Panthers, including a spectacular hit on rampaging centre Waqa Blake in the second half.


"It looked bigger than it was", a humble Brimson claimed, "I got lucky."

Despite the high praise coming from teammates like Proctor, AJ admitted he has no preference over his position moving forward into next season.

"Halves or fullback you know, wherever I'm needed for the team," he said.

"If it's at the back then I'm happy, and if it's in the halves I'm happy there also."


The teenager set a goal at the start of the year to make his debut and has been amazed by his transformation into a regular NRL contributor.

"Didn't think I'd get as many games as I did, so I'm stoked to have a season for me personally and my growth in the game", he said.

"But obviously we're not where we want to be on the ladder."

There will be intense competition for spots in the Titans spine come pre-season training for 2019, giving coach Garth Brennan plenty of healthy headaches.

NSW star Tyrone Peachey is joining the club from Penrith, while Tyrone Roberts is returning from Warrington Wolves in the Super League.