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A closer look at your Rnd 1 side

With the Round 1 team announced, has taken a look at the side and who has slotted in where. 

Fullback: If fit, Michael Gordon will be in the number one all year. Fit, experienced and the first string goal kicker. 'Flash' will be looking for a strong start to the year.

Didn't see the squad? View it here. 

Wingers: Anthony Don has passed every possible test and is ready to go. Physical sessions on Monday and Tuesday have put him in a good position to move forward and the Grafton junior has his confidence back. Phillip Sami has been a shining light throughout the pre-season and has earned his spot. Coach Brennan is excited to see him develop. 

Centres: Konrad Hurrell booked his spot a long time ago and if fit, will be there all year. Dale Copley will look to perform early after what was a difficult 2017. With Brenko Lee (knee) out injured, Copley will be looking to cement his spot with some early season form. 

Five-Eighth: Kane Elgey has been under the spotlight this pre-season but Brennan has helped him throughout and given him the tools to perform on the left-hand side. Defensively he'll have his buddy Ryan James with him which will provide him with confidence in D. 

Halfback: The man who has been told to make this team his own and to control the play. Ash Taylor has plenty of pressure on him but that's the pressure he wants. Will be the main man out there so look for a big year from him. 

Props: Probably the most contentious decision with Jarrod Wallace unavailable, Brennan has gone with Jai Arrow to start in the front row. Not that Brennan is worried, the new recruit has been his stand-out trainer and is a man he wants in his team. Arrow will partner Leilani Latu who is another who has impressed. Brennan has stated he believes he is the fittest he's ever seen him and Latu himself has stated he wants longer minutes. 

Hooker: NSW Origin hooker Nathan Peats has returned from shoulder surgery and is raring to go. Originally was not going to play a trial but his application and hard work through the pre-season saw him ready to go earlier than first thought. Is fit and definitely ready to go. 

Second Rowers: Coach Brennan called it early and shifted Captain Ryan James to an edge and hasn't looked back. Look for the Elgey-James combination to be used a lot this year by commentators with the good mates working tirelessly to get the combination right. His partner will be Kevin proctor who needs no introduction. Has had a full pre-season with only minor injury concerns. Is looking to make that right side defence with Taylor and Hurrell one that no one can get through. 

Lock: It's where he's wanted to play and it's where Coach Brennan has put him. New recruit Bryce Cartwright will mix his hard work ethic with some flare at the back of the scrum. Brennan will look for the 23-year-old to control his work-rate and make it count when he gets the ball in his hands. 

Interchange: New recruit Mitch Rein will provide cover for Peats but don't be surprised to see them both out on the field at the same time. Will Matthews is experienced and with Proctor having no trial form, look for the Kyogle product to replace him at some stage during the match. Both Max King and Morgan Boyle will add some young energy to the pack rotation and after gaining some good NRL exposure last year, expect them to add another dimension this season. 

Acknowledgement of Country

Gold Coast Titans proudly acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are situated, the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh Language Region. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connections to the lands, waters and their extended communities throughout South East Queensland.