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Copley backs Titans' depth during Origin

NZN 22/05/2017 Mitchell van Homrigh

Despite the expected loss of Jarryd Hayne and Nathan Peats to State of Origin duties, Gold Coast are backing their squad depth as they eye a charge up the NRL ladder.

The anticipated loss of the pair means the injury-hit Titans could have up to 10 players unavailable for selection but winger Dale Copley says the return of William Zillman and Agnatius Paasi will help coach Neil Henry's side.

"To win a comp it takes more than 17 players and to have a couple of guys coming back playing it will be great for the team," Copley said.

Gold Coast's depth has been called into question regularly this season with more than 10 players missing games through injury this year.

Anthony Don spent four weeks on the sidelines after he dislocated his shoulder in round two and says the sore bodies at the holiday strip are looking forward to the upcoming bye round.

"Playing NRL week-in-week out is pretty tough on the body and on the mind," Don said.

"Everyone has been carrying a niggle with some blokes sitting out matches, but we're starting to get some people back on deck now.

"Hopefully with two weeks off now we can get away, get refreshed and we're ready to go next weekend."

After the bye, the 12th placed Titans will travel to 1300 Smile Stadium to take on seventh-placed North-Queensland on June 3.

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