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He got a taste of the NRL last season and in 2018 Phillip Sami became a regular in the side, playing 23 games, scoring 15 tries.

The 21-year-old turned up to pre-season training in good condition and reaped the rewards, making himself almost the first winger picked for round one.

"I'm very happy (personally with how I played)," Sami said. "I made a goal coming into 2018 that I wanted to be fit and strong. I wanted to play every game.

"Obviously we wanted to be playing finals and we're disappointed to miss out but going into 2019 I think we've shown a lot."

After his first season of week in, week out rugby league, Sami admits there were different pressures throughout a long year.

"It's definitely been tough, it is a tough game that we play.

"Physically and mentally it's been tough but I loved every second of it.

"I feel more confident, when I first came in I was very nervous but I've got good friends here now and I've come out of my shell."

Coach Garth Brennan speaks highly of the Goodnah junior and can see him as a Titan for a long time.

"I love it here. As a winger I know my role is to help the forwards. We need to get in there and take those carries, they are doing a lot more defence in the middle."

To see Sami's 2018 stats, click here.

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.