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In his first year as Captain, Ryan James admits there were some challenges but can see a bright future after a lot of lessons were learned this year. 

James was named Captain of the Titans back in February and with a number of players going down injured around him, the responsibility became more and more.

“It was a tough year for the club,” James said. “We didn’t get off to a great start with injury and we showed in the middle of the year that we can compete and beat the top sides.

“It was a tough year personally and it was tough to try and keep everyone up. After a couple of losses, it makes it hard to keep the standards up.”

With 2017 over James has a hope that all the playing group return fresh for the pre-season.

“Hopefully guys stick to their rehab program over the break and come back ready to go.

“We should find out who the new coach is and we can move forward.”

The Bilambil junior played 22 matches in 2017 but missed the final two matches due to a shoulder injury. As well as having minor ankle surgery, the 26-year-old still believes he’ll be ready to go on day one of pre-season.

“I should be right to run in week one. Both issues are around a six to eight week recovery so it’s actually good timing.”

2017 stats:

Name Ryan James
Games 22
Tries 3
Runs (avg) 14.4
Runs (total) 317
Run Metres (avg) 114.4
Run Metres (total) 2516
Offloads (avg) 0.9
Offloads (total) 19
Tackles (avg) 36.9
Tackles (total) 812