Doubts over Bailey’s long-term career dismissed by Cartwright

Luke Bailey

He is the leader of the pack for the club, but unfortunately, it just has not been his year injury wise – with Titans prop and captain Luke Bailey ruled out for the remainder of the season, due to a snapped Achilles tendon.

With the injury as severe as it is, there are some saying that it may spell the end of the 231-game veteran’s career, but Titans coach John Cartwright refuses to believe, that this will be the case.

“He’s ruptured it – he’ll be out for the season,” said Cartwright.

“No, it won’t be a career-ender. Those operations are rare although we’ve had a couple done here (Titans).

“I know Chris Walker did it twice and came back. The way they do those types of surgeries, he’ll be right to start next year.”

At 32, the possibility remains that Bailey will make the call to hang up the boots, and call time on his NRL career – though he can take some solace from Broncos centre Justin Hodges, who suffered the same injury, though he was 28 at the time.

Although it is never good to see a player suffer an injury, Cartwright hopes that the player given the chance to stake their claims for that starting role, can perform well.

“Bails (Bailey) has had some bad injuries during his career so he will no doubt draw on that and he’ll get plenty of support from us here too.

“It gives someone else a chance but we won’t finalise our side (to play Parramatta) until later in the week.”

Despite some injury concerns aside from Bailey, Cartwright is also confident that his side can make the semis.

“I think 28 points will probably get you in and we can get to 28 points,” he said.

“As it stands at the moment, (mathematically) we’re still a chance so every game is important.

“Nobody here is giving up.”

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