David Fifita, a star player for the Titans, has welcomed the competition at the club’s fullback position created by talented young player Keano Kini. Kini, who is only 19 years old, has been making waves in his debut season, earning two appearances in the NRL and even starting in the No.1 jersey against South Sydney. His recent performance for Burleigh in the Queensland Cup showcased his exceptional skills, with Kini amassing an impressive 304 metres, seven tackle busts, three line breaks, a try, and a try assist.
This match was not an anomaly for Kini, as he has surpassed the 200m mark in six out of the nine games he has played for the Bears. His average of 211m and nearly five tackle busts per game, along with his nine try assists and nine line break assists, underline his potential as a future star in the NRL. The Titans, already boasting fullbacks AJ Brimson and Jayden Campbell on long-term contracts, appear to have a bright future at the position.
When questioned about the logjam at fullback, Fifita expressed his admiration for the trio of players and suggested that Kini may have to wait for his opportunity to establish himself as an influential force in the NRL. He acknowledged Kini’s talent, describing him as a wonderful player, but emphasised that he is still young and learning his trade in the Q Cup. The competition for spots within the team is fierce, with all the players from Tweed and Burleigh eager to prove themselves in the NRL.
In other news, Broncos prop Keenan Palasia, who is set to join the Titans next year, made a strong statement in his return to first-grade action for Wynnum Manly. Despite being overlooked by Brisbane for the past four weeks, Palasia demonstrated his value with an 80-minute performance for the Seagulls, recording 115m and 30 tackles without a single miss in their narrow victory over Redcliffe. As a result, Palasia earned a recall for the Titans‘ upcoming NRL match against the Dolphins.
Palasia, speaking earlier in the year, expressed mixed emotions about leaving a team that was in contention for the premiership. However, his desire to establish himself as a regular in the NRL motivated him to make the move to the Titans. He also mentioned his excitement at the prospect of playing alongside his friends Tino Fa’asuamaleaui and Brimo, and expressed his hopes of bringing success to the club when he dons the Titans‘ jersey next season.
Overall, the Titans‘ fullback position seems to have a wealth of talent, with Kini, Brimson, and Campbell all vying for a spot in the starting lineup. This healthy competition will undoubtedly drive each player to perform at their best and could result in a formidable combination in the future. Likewise, the addition of Keenan Palasia next season adds further depth to the Titans‘ squad, and his recent performance for Wynnum Manly indicates that he is ready to make an impact at the NRL level. The Titans‘ future looks promising as these talented players continue to develop and strive for success in the NRL.