Mead unsure to face Warriors after family deaths

Last updated 18:58 04/07/2012

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Gold Coast Titans wing David Mead is reeling from the loss of a second family member in quick succession and is in doubt the play the New Zealand Warriors in Saturday's NRL clash at Skilled Park.

Mead's father Stephen, 63, died in Brisbane overnight after a two-year battle with cancer; his passing followed the death of a cousin a fortnight ago.

His father's funeral will be held in Papua New Guinea later this week so Mead could be unavailable for the round 18 encounter. A moment's silence will be observed post-match.

Titans coach John Cartwright said the club's thought were with David and his family.

"He's had a really horrible last couple of weeks, he lost a cousin that was very close to him and now he's lost his father so it's been a really tough time,'' Cartwright said.

"He knows the club, and the boys in particular, are behind him.''

The Titans are already braced to take on the Warriors without veteran prop Luke Bailey, who continues to struggle with a long-term rib injury.

Fullback William Zillman and centre Beau Champion are expected to line-up after nursing recent hamstring and ankle injuries while Cartwright will also be hoping back rowers Greg Bird and Nate Myles emerge unscathed from tonight's State of Origin decider in Brisbane.

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