Titans' Cartwright needs help: Gould

Matt Encarnacion
Phil Gould says former Panther Bryce Cartwright needs to get his head right after a poor 18 months

Embattled Gold Coast star Bryce Cartwright needs some welfare help from the NRL club to address his on-field woes, according to former boss Phil Gould.

Cartwright has come under fire after an underwhelming start to his career at the Titans, where he has failed to live up to his big-money move from Penrith under Gould.

The spotlight reached a flashpoint this week when Titans coach Garth Brennan somewhat agreed with Fox Sports commentator Michael Ennis' accusations that Cartwright was "taking the piss" with his play.

Gould said Cartwright had been struggling for form for the past 18 months.

"There's only one person that can solve this for him, it's him," Gould said on his Six Tackles with Gus podcast on Wednesday.

"I think he really needs some welfare assistance off the field to just get his priorities right or help him sort out if he wants to be a footballer, or what is it that has him in this mindset at the moment."

After playing in the forwards for the majority of the opening seven rounds, Brennan switched Cartwright to the halves in a bid to find the form that made him one of the promising talents in the game.

However Brennan has quashed the experiment and moved Cartwright back to the bench.

"I just don't know that (football is) his priority at the moment. He might think it is, and you can see from the way he's playing, he's very unsure of himself," Gould said.

"That's why they move him because if he's not doing the defensive work in the middle, they've got to have forwards there that will.

"If he's not willing to hit the ball up and make ground, they've got to put forwards there that will.

"We put him to five-eighth so then he plays like a five-eighth, stand back and passes the ball and kicks the ball and doesn't get physical with the action. He gets targeted by opposition teams."