'Air' Jordan back to NRL
YOU get the feeling recalled Titan Jordan Atkins will be happy with one or two tries against the Warriors following a NRL debut that proved virtually impossible to replicate.
Coach John Cartwright has plucked Atkins from the Queensland Cup to play in the centres alongside returning veteran utility Mat Rogers for Sunday's game in Auckland.
With Esi Tonga serving a club-imposed one match ban for missing a recovery session and fellow centre Brett Delaney facing an extended time on the sidelines injured, Atkins gets another crack at resurrecting his NRL career.
He'd had a dream debut, scoring four tries on the wing for the Titans against the Cowboys in round one last year. But it turned into a nightmare with instant expectations as he was dubbed “Air Jordan”.
He managed to play 14 games last season adding only three more tries after suffering injuries.
“I thought it (media) would have been over and done within a week or two but it kept going on and on,” bemoaned the 26 year-old, not in the club's 25 man roster at the start of the season.
Cartwright said Atkins had earned his latest shot.
“Hopefully he can repeat his debut for us,” he said.
“He's worked hard to overcome a lot of injuries. He's being playing well in the Queensland Cup and there's an opportunity for him.”