Competition - NRL Premiership Round. Round - Round 24. Teams - Newcastle Knights v Gold Coast Titans. Date - 20th of August 2016. Venue - Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, NSW. Photographer - Paul Barkley.

Most read articles of 2016: James on verge of rugby league record

The best season of the now 25-year-old's career came with an unexpected bonus.

No, it wasn't a New South Wales Origin jersey or record for most penalties conceded in a season but rather the chance to become the greatest single-season try-scoring prop forward in the history of the premiership.

With a double against the Knights in Round 24 James drew within one of Jack Holland (St George, 1950) and Harry Eden (South Sydney, 1975) and claimed the record with tries in Round 26 and in the Elimination Final against the Broncos.

His 12 for the season was equal with winger Anthony Don for honour of Titans' leading try-scorer.

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