Photo by Colin Whelan copyright © nrlphotos.com :    Josh Starling carries it up                           NRL Rugby League, Round 12 Brisbane Broncos v Manly Sea Eagles at Suncorp Stadium, Sunday June 1st  2014.

Starling glad to get game time

Prop Josh Starling knows how tough the Gold Coast Titans pack will be this Monday night.

“They have a senior forward pack that hits hard and runs hard. We have a big game on our hands.,’’ Starling said ahead of the round 18 clash at Cbus Super Stadium.

For Starling, the match will just his sixth for the season after battling ankle and knee injuries. He didn’t see any NRL game time until the round four loss to St George-Illawarra.

It has been a tough season for the hard working prop who played every match last year after joining Manly Warringah from South Sydney. His experience is vital when coming off the interchange bench.

“Last Sunday’s match (against the Sharks) was the first game I hadn’t felt any niggles or anything in my ankle or knee,’’ Staring said.

“The win was a good morale boost. There are plenty of games to go and we are still very positive of making the top eight.

“A lot of games this year we haven’t been that far off. They (Cronulla) scored towards the end and we didn’t finish them off but we are getting better with that each round.

“We don’t want to lose any more games. The Titans have been playing well so it will be a big game.”