29 Aug 2017

Proctor could be Titan's captain again

8:34 am on 29 August 2017

The New Zealand rugby league player Kevin Proctor could have his leadership credentials reinstated on the Gold Coast after the NRL club's shocking run of injuries to senior players.

Kiwis and Gold Coast Titans player Kevin Proctor.

Kiwis and Gold Coast Titans player Kevin Proctor. Photo: Photosport

The Kiwi's second rower was fined, suspended and stripped of the co-captaincy in May when caught in a cocaine bust after a Test against Australia.

Injuries have also struck the forward since then but he is likely to pass a concussion test this week and play in the Titans' final game of the season against Sydney Roosters.

It will be up to club officials to decide if he is listed as captain.

But it could be the only option given the club's current state of affairs.

Interim captain Nathan Peats is facing surgery after dislocating his shoulder in Saturday's loss to Canterbury, while regular skipper Ryan James is no certainty to overcome his own shoulder injury.

Accepting an early guilty plea for a shoulder charge, Jarrod Wallace will miss the next three games, to rule him out of contention.

Dale Copley (groin) is also in doubt and Jarryd Hayne is unlikely to be given any extra responsibility after his public spat with axed coach Neil Henry.

That leaves few options for the struggling Titans, with veteran winger William Zillman and versatile forward Joe Greenwood among those standing.

Proctor could get the call-up though, given the club's satisfaction with the Test forward's response to his mid-season incident.

Gold Coast have lost six straight games, their last victory coming on July 15 against Cronulla.