Gold Coast young gun AJ Brimson will have surgery on his shoulder this week, after suffering a dislocation during the Titans’ Round 24 win over Manly.
Brimson fought through the injury (and also a fractured hand at the time) and played during the Titans’ final round clash with the Cowboys the week after.
The 20-year-old played 15 NRL games this season and began 11 at five-eighth, while also playing four at fullback.
Gold Coast Garth Brennan spoke to NRL.com about the surgery, but confirmed he would be fit for Round 1 of next season.
“He has that dislocation in the second-last round and I spoke to the doctor and said I didn’t want to take any risks with AJ and have to manage it through next year, so he’s going in to have a tidy-up today or tomorrow so he’s ready to go for round one next year,” Brennan said.
“Worst case scenario is a five-month turnaround. Even then he will make round one, but we are hoping it will be less than that.”
Brennan wasn’t sure which position Brimson would call his own next season, but understands the Queensland product will be an important piece of the Titans’ future either way.
“AJ is a big part of our plans for the future,” Brennan said.
“He’s a special kid that I have some real high hopes for. That’s why I want him right for next year and ready to go.”