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Hayne NRL return sparks Gold Coast belief

NZN 19/04/2017 Laine Clark and Mitchell Van Homrigh

The return of Jarryd Hayne has inspired belief that Gold Coast can finally spark their NRL season by ending another Cronulla winning streak.

Hayne edged closer to a long-awaited comeback from a five-week ankle injury by taking part in Wednesday training ahead of Saturday's clash with the in-form Sharks.

Coach Neil Henry said the sight of Hayne back in full flight had lifted morale for the second-last Titans after slipping to a 1-6 record.

He said they fancied their chances of again being a bogey side for the defending premiers and ending their four-game winning run.

Gold Coast have won two of their past three games at Shark Park.

And the Titans snapped Cronulla's 15-game streak last year when they held them to an epic 18-18 draw.

Henry said they must use Hayne's expected return on Saturday as a launching pad for their season.

"Traditionally, we have gone well down there," he said.

"We ended it (their streak) last year with a draw.

"The season is running away from us and we need to turn it around.

"It's a big scalp going down there and trying to beat the Sharks who are in great form."

Hayne, Konrad Hurrell (knee) and co-captain Kevin Proctor (hamstring) will be given until Friday to prove their fitness.

Fullback Tyrone Roberts looked forward to Hayne's return even if it meant his demotion to the bench.

"It'll be good to see him back. At this stage, we need a bit of confidence and he can bring that to the team," Roberts said.

Gold Coast hooker Nathan Peats has backed Hayne to help crack the Sharks' defensive wall that has not conceded a try in two games.

"We need to start getting a couple of wins in a row," he said.

"A player of his (Hayne) calibre can easily bring some points to the team. Hopefully, he can do that this weekend."

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