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The Titans have made a real focus on their junior development programs in 2018 with a new set-up created to ensure our own players stay in our own area, in the hope of one day becoming a Titan. 

Junior development and pathways has become a real priority for new owners, the Frizelle and Kelly families, since taking over late last year. 

CEO Graham Annesley knows how important a direct pathway is for local juniors. 

"We've been talking a lot about what we need to do to future-proof the club and at our most recent board meeting, the development plan for these players and this level of the local game was discussed and it was agreed by the board that it was important and required funding," Annesley said.

It's not an area the Titans have excelled in but in recognising the mistakes of the past, they are moving to ensure their future includes as many locals as possible.

"The owners have demonstrated that where we can show there's a return on investment, they're prepared to invest. And this is an important part of finding the players that hopefully will go on the represent the Titans."

Elite Player Development Manager Jamie McCormack is focused on ensuring every junior is given the best possible guidance to succeed. 

"We want kids to be an NRL Titans player at some stage during their career," he said. 

"We've always had academies and we've had training opportunities but we've never been able — for a number of years anyway — to dress them up in full Titans kit and play games as the Titans.

"We'll be holding session throughout the seasons and then we've secured some matches for the end of the season that gives the guys something to work towards."