Aquis Gold Coast Titans CEO Graham Annesley believes the retention of James is great news for the club and shows that the club is once again viewed as a formidable force in the NRL.

James today announced that he had re-signed for a further three years, with the prop forward now locked away until the end of the 2020 season.

“Retaining Ryan despite very serious competition for his signature, and on top of other recent signings demonstrates that some of the best players in the game believe in this club and its future potential,” Annesley said.

“Ryan is not only a great player, he’s a great person, and a wonderful ambassador for everything that is good about our game.”

The 25-year-old made his NRL debut in 2010 and has gone on to play 93 NRL matches.

“We’re thrilled to have his signature and I want to pay credit to Coach Neil Henry and Tony Mestrov in the way they negotiated and got this deal done.”