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Bird flies back into Titans squad


Beth Newman

Gold Coast forward Greg Bird is set to make his return from injury for the Titans' Friday night match against the Sydney Roosters.

Bird was named in the Titans starting side for the Round 21 clash this afternoon, in what will be his first match for the side since Round 15, after tearing his pectoral muscle in Origin three.

In the wake of Bird's return to the second row, Nate Myles has been named at lock, with utility Luke O'Dwyer shifted to the bench.

Fellow forward Ben Ridge will also return to the fold, named on a five-man interchange bench, after missing last Friday's 14-10 win over the Broncos.

Despite getting a head knock in last weekend's game, centre Steve Michaels has also been named to face the Roosters.

It wasn't all good news for Gold Coast, with Origin lock Ashley Harrison still unavailable with a broken toe, suffered in the Titans' Round 16 game against the Dragons.

Titans coach John Cartwright said Harrison was improving, but still not match ready.

“He's getting closer each day. He's getting around and he's got to some movement back in it, but there's a little bit of pain there and he's just not quite ready,” Cartwright said.

Cartwright was confident that his side could match it with the NRL's top teams in the wake of their upset of Brisbane last weekend.

“Everyone said how bad the Broncos played, on closer inspection I thought they played pretty well. We nullified everything they threw at us and won the grind, won the kick chase and if we do that again we'll beat most sides.”

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