Struggling in an out-of-sorts Gold Coast side, Kane Elgey has revealed his sternum is yet to heal and he requires pain-killing injections before each NRL game.
Already on the comeback trail from a knee reconstruction, the five-eighth has been unable to make an impact since returning in the past two weeks.
The Tugun junior failed to break the line in either game and missed six tackles against Brisbane last weekend, struggling alongside halfback Ashley Taylor in the 54-0 drubbing.
A knee to the chest in a match in early June left Elgey with the injury, likened to one sustained in a car crash, that he is yet to recover from.
“I still get jabs before game, I’d say it’s still 70 per cent,” he said.
Playing in 15 of the Titans’ 20 games, Elgey has just one try assist this season.
The Titans have scored four points in their past two games with Elgey at pivot, the 23-year-old admitting this week that he’d be nervous for his future if not contracted for another season at Robina.
“It’s one of the toughest years for me personally and I’m disappointed in myself, ” Elgey said.
“But I’m only young and I’m here next year and I’ll try my hardest.”
Titans coach Neil Henry has anointed the Gold Coast junior as a long-term No. 6, but the side has been at its best this season with Tyrone Roberts at the helm.
The Titans had the best close-range attack in the competition before last weekend’s hammering, needing on average eight tackles inside the opposition’s 20 metre zone to score a try.
Last week, the Titans were unable to cross the line despite having 45 tackles inside the Brisbane 20m.
Henry will persist with Elgey against St George Illawarra on Saturday and he could even partner Roberts in the halves if Taylor fails to recover from a knee injury that kept him from training on Wednesday.
The Titans are gunning to secure Taylor on a long-term deal, but Roberts is off-contract this season and may look elsewhere given the Titans’ commitment to Elgey.