Broken hand as Bryce Cartwright's year goes from bad to worse
BRYCE Cartwright's nightmare season at the Titans has suffered another setback with the Gold Coast recruit today breaking his hand in a freak training mishap.
Cartwright will undergo surgery tonight to have a pin inserted in his hand after colliding with a Titans teammate during a contact session at training this morning.
The silver lining for Cartwright is that the injury is not season-ending, with the 23-year-old expected to miss only a fortnight in his quest to fight his way back into the Titans' NRL squad.
The former Panther is currently languishing in the Intrust Super Cup with feeder-club Tweed and hasn't played first grade since the Titans' 34-14 loss to the Roosters in late May.
Titans coach Garth Brennan confirmed the injury when contacted by The Courier-Mail.
"It's a freak injury Bryce had today," he said.
"We were doing some contact work on our backs in the gym, it's a session we do every week and I think his hand smacked into someone's head.
"We have QScan office in our building so we took him there straight away for a scan and it showed a break.
"He'll have an operation tonight.
"Thankfully it's not a season-ending injury. It hasn't been a great year for Bryce, he had a good game last week for Tweed and was just starting to get some confidence back."
The development comes just 24 hours after Brennan challenged Cartwright to improve his attitude if he wants a long-term future at the Titans.
"The truth is we aren't shopping Bryce, but his management have been looking around," Brennan said.
"Whenever a player is playing Queensland Cup, they don't want to be there and that's understandable and as a result, his manager has put some feelers out to see if there is any interest in Bryce.
"At the end of the day, that's not my problem. It's up to Bryce to play good football and if he's playing good footy and wants to have a crack, then there is a place for him at the Titans.
"But I don't play favourites at this club. I don't care who you are or what you have done, I just pick the best team I can on form.
"If Bryce doesn't want to be here, he is more than welcome to explore his options elsewhere.
"I only want players at this club who want to be here and want to perform.
"Whether Bryce wants to stick it out or move on, that's up to him."