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High-quality performances and consistency saw Jai Whitbread move from the fringe of first grade to become a mainstay of the middle for the Titans in 2019, resulting in the hulking 21-year-old being named the Gold Coast’s Rookie of the Year.

The Rookie of the Year Award is presented to an outstanding debutant who has shown considerable promise in his inaugural season in the NRL.

Whitbread played one NRL game in 2018, but went to a new level in 2019 as injuries ravaged playing stocks in the Titans forward pack.

Whitbread made the most of his opportunity, reveling in the extra responsibility to play 18 games in the NRL this season to entrench himself as one of the young bulls new Titans coach Justin Holbrook will build his playing squad around.

Jai was presented with his award by inaugural Titan, Hall of Fame member and current Titans Football Manager Anthony Laffranchi.

Congratulations Jai!