Ioane packs down for two more years
Wednesday 10 July 2013 11:40 AM
iSelect Titans forward Mark Ioane will remain at the club for a further two seasons, with Ioane's recently putting pen to paper, committing himself to the Gold Coast until the end of the 2015 season.
After making his NRL debut back in Round 8 this season, Ioane has gone from strength to strength, recently securing a spot in the Titans squad ahead of more seasoned campaigners, like Country Origin forward, Ryan James.
Ioane went into the season with a simple goal, but through the help of his teammates he hopes to go even further, but won't be getting too far ahead of himself with plenty of competition for spots.
"My first goal here was just to make my debut, and after that it was to try and stay in the seventeen. Ryan James is one of my good mates and we have a bit of that friendly rivalry and competition is a good thing. I respect him as a player and he gives me tips out there on what we do, and we still help each other out. He played Country this year, so he is a great player and I have to pick it up and keep improving each week to make sure I keep my spot and stay in the side," said Ioane.
Ioane is being mentored by the Titans more experienced forwards and the New Zealander says that advice is invaluable, so early in his NRL career.
"All of the forwards have been a great help. Ryan James has been in the top grade longer than me, and he is around my age, so I can use his experiences. Bails brings great experience as well and he knows every play in the book, so he is helping me out with moves and everything. He does all those little 1% things that really pick up the team and most people don't recognise."
Ioane says his impressive form is down to a simple approach of working hard, seeking advice and using some of the great minds around the club to continue his NRL education.
"I try to just focus on the little things. I try and do a bit extra during the week, learn more off the boys, ask more questions and get heaps of feedback off the coaches. I'm still learning the game. This is my first year of consistently playing NRL footy so I'm just trying to learn as much as I can and improve my game.
"I think the best is yet to come. With the defeats we've had the last two weeks, that's a learning curve for me, trying to adapt to that and try and bounce back as a player. I'm learning that not everything will go my way. All I can do is rip in at training and learn heaps off the boys."
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