Ash Taylor says he’s happy to cop a spray from Jarryd Hayne – and dish one out to his more senior Gold Coast teammate – if it’s in the best interests of the NRL team.
Hayne and halfback Taylor have argued on-field at times prompting outside criticism of Hayne’s attitude and approach to teammates.
But Taylor on Monday dismissed it as natural tension between creative players trying to get a result for their team.
“He (Hayne) is just trying to do the best for our team and so am I, that’s just competitive nature,” said Taylor on Monday.
“There’s other players out there who speak a bit differently, but he’ll (Hayne) cop one back if he needs one.”
Mostly picked at fullback this season, Hayne has been bobbing up in the halves at times to get his hands on the ball in attack.
Interestingly coach Neil Henry posted him to centre in the last-round 38-8 drubbing of Newcastle, with Tyrone Roberts at fullback and Kane Elgey partnering the gifted Taylor in the halves.
Henry said it was the best fit with all of those key players available and Hayne responded by scoring two tries in another strong display.
Taylor insisted he was unconcerned at chopping and changing with his halves partner, whether it be Roberts, Elgey or Hayne.
“I try not to change how I play, that just makes it harder on me,” he said.
“I want to be consistent no matter who’s in the halves and play the best footy I can.”
There is set to be more changes for the Titans with injured centre Dale Copley (ribs) likely to return for the Gold Coast when they take on Melbourne next round.
His return will cause another welcome selection headache for Henry.
“All of the boys are playing out of their skin in their positions so it’s going to be hard to name the squad but it’s a good thing for us,” Taylor said.
“It shows we have a lot of depth at our club, it’s going to be pretty tough to get a spot in the side.”