Jacks treating Titans debut as last chance
THE build up to debuting for the club he cheered for as a kid is comparable to when Ryley Jacks was first about to be blooded in the NRL - and he's treating it like it could be his last game.
As a youngster growing up in southeast Queensland, Jacks preferred the underdog Titans to the powerhouse Broncos.
But when it came time to chase a professional under-20 deal, a move to Sydney eventuated due to the fact the Roosters were the only club to show interest in him.
The halfback's path twisted and turned from there until getting the chance to crack Melbourne's top squad for 25 appearances across 2017 and 2018 and then signing with Gold Coast for this year.
Having missed the Round 1 cut, Jacks put his head down and delivered for Tweed in the Intrust Super Cup and now has his chance, courtesy of injuries to Tyrone Roberts and Ash Taylor.
The 26-year-old will act as the calm general in partnering AJ Brimson in the halves at Shark Park against Cronulla on Saturday and will be throwing everything at making a lasting impression.
"I'm definitely nervous for this week," Jacks said.
"It's quite a big deal for me to be debuting for the club, it's sort of like I am making my NRL debut again. It's a good feeling and I'm preparing really well.
"I don't know what is going to happen next week; one of (Roberts or Taylor) might be back or they might not be.
"I'm going to treat it like this is my one chance. I could only get one game this year so that's the way I will treat it and I will give it my all."
The Round 2 match will kick off at 2pm on Saturday.