Hot on the heels of an article I just posted about not believing everything you read unless it’s from a trusted source, here’s an article in the Sydney Morning Herald on a rumour that has merit.
Daniel Mortimer has really struggled for game time this year, and has played just seven of the 13 games possible for the Roosters this year. As such, he’s desperate for an opportunity.
With that in mind, according to the Sydney Morning Herald:
Daniel Mortimer could be on the move after being courted by Gold Coast. The Rooster utility was part of last year’s grand final-winning line-up but has struggled for game time.
The 24-year-old suffered injury setbacks early this year and spent the majority of his return for feeder club Newtown.
The premiers were banking on Mortimer featuring heavily during the Origin period but the axing of Mitchell Pearce and James Maloney from the NSW line-up has limited his opportunities.
The Titans almost got their man last year and are having another crack to add depth to their halves, which has been exposed after the season-ending injury to pivot Aidan Sezer.
This one is legit, something I tweeted about a week ago after a little birdy by the name of Case Bunting Mahanga (@casebmahanga) — who is mates with someone close to Morts’ career management — gave me the heads-up:
And that stands. You may recall that Mortimer almost had a contract with the Titans before Trent Robinson decided to keep him around; he then was an integral bench utility for the Chooks during their premiership run, playing primarily as back-up hooker.
But the Roosters are typically going with a bigger bench these days, and using Friend for the full 80. If they decided to revert to the 2013 style of play they could use Kurt Kara, who can fill the hooking spot off the bench if they need it, as well as Mitch Aubusson who has played well there in small doses of late. In the long term, they have Jackson Hastings who would be the perfect fit off the bench as a hooker with backline and halves coverage capability.
Morts has earned the chance to run a club, and will get a good stab at it up at the Gold Coast with Aidan Sezer a possibility to miss the rest of the season.