• Nathan Peats has enjoyed a crazy season. (AAP)Source: AAP
Despite having five hookers on their list, the Gold Coast Titans may be forced to play a makeshift dummy-half against Cronulla on Monday.
Adam Santarossa

29 Jul 2016 - 3:05 PM  UPDATED 29 Jul 2016 - 3:05 PM

Injury may force the Gold Coast Titans to make significant changes to their side for Monday’s clash with the league leading Cronulla Sharks.  

Despite starting the season with a plethora of hooking options, all are currently struck down with injury.

Marquee signing Nathan Peats is the biggest name in doubt for the Sharks match as he battles a hamstring complaint.

It’s the same issue that has ruled veteran Nathan Friend out for the next fortnight, with the Titans Co-Captain sustaining the injury against the Parramatta Eels last weekend.

Kierran Moseley makes the ideal replacement for the pair, however the dummy half has been sidelines with appendicitis and is no chance of lining up against the Sharks.  

Daniel Mortimer and Matt Srama are other hooking options on the Titans list, but both have both been ruled out for the season with injury.

To add to the Titans woes, boom halfback Ash Taylor failed to train on Thursday, with an ongoing groin complaint.

Despite the injuries depleted the side at the moment, Titans forward Greg Bird remains calm, saying time was on the Titans side, with a nine day turnaround between matches.

"It's still only quite early with the Monday game so I'm not holding my breath yet, I think the guys will be right come captain's run on Sunday," said Bird.

"Kierran Moseley has got appendicitis and 'Mortsy' and 'Sramsy' are both no good so we're scraping the bottom of the barrel if we lose 'Peatsy'.

"We'll be making sure he's going to be out there and if that means missing training on a Thursday so be it."

Bird may be forced to fill the void at dummy-half against his former club, with options limited amongst the Titans ranks.

Youngster Ryan Simpkins is another who could be thrown into the mix, with the forward training in the position on Thursday.

"He (Simpkins) can play any number of positions, he's quite skilful so I'd say he'll probably be that bench utility role but it is still quite early so we'll see what happens," said Bird.

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