NRL Rd 17 - Bulldogs v Titans
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 05: Erin Clark of the Titans is tackled during the round 17 NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Gold Coast Titans at ANZ Stadium on September 05, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

The Gold Coast Titans will have a fresh headache to deal with for the remainder of the 2023 season after Erin Clark was ruled out for the season.

The club confirmed on Friday afternoon that what was previously thought to be a "minor bump" has turned out to be an injury to his meniscus in the left knee.

It required an arthroscopic procedure which has ruled him out for the remainder of the season, and would ordinarily require a return to play of between 8 and 12 weeks.

Already missing fellow hooker Aaron Booth, the club's depth in the number nine jersey will now be stretched to the maximum.

Of their 22-man squad for this week's game against the St George Illawarra Dragons at Kogarah on Sunday afternoon, there are no other specialist dummy halves.

As it was, Clark was only moved back to hooker to cover for the injury to Booth.

Clark started the season at hooker, however, ultimately wound up playing at lock after a struggle to find form or consistency in the spine position.

It's now likely the Titans will have to break up a successful halves combination to play Tanah Boyd as the starting number nine, while Paul Turner or Toby Sexton will come into the halves.

Boyd playing 80 minutes at dummy half seems unlikely, so it will be intriguing to see what contingency plan coach Justin Holbrook lands on for the clash against the Red V.