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'Point of difference': Fermor aims for permanent starting jersey

Beau Fermor isn't ignorant of the fact there are two International back-rowers pencilled in to start ahead of him currently.

That's why the humble edge forward is wanting to bring a point of difference to the Gold Coast engine room in the upcoming season and capitalise on any opportunity coach Justin Holbrook offers the 23-year-old to help strengthen the Titans' pack.

"Obviously, [David Fifita and Kevin Proctor] are two world class back-rowers and I just have to focus on what I bring to the team and what I do well and not worry too much about them," Fermor said.

"I know they are going to rock up every day and train well, and on the weekend, they’re going to rock up and play well.

"I need to be doing that as well, and bring a point of difference to what they bring.

"If Justin sees fit to pick me there, I’ll take it with both hands."

'Trying to learn something new every day' - Fermor

With Fifita a Kangaroos prospect when International Rugby League resumes and Proctor a tried and tested Kiwi enforcer, the 23-game back-rower knows securing a lucrative starting spot in the weekly 17 is going to be no easy feat.

But after running out for kick-off in all but five games in his 15 appearances last year, the Dalby product is confident to continue his good form avoiding the pine after finishing his breakout season on a high. 

"Hopefully I can solidify my spot [in 2022]. I started a few games at back-row at the end of the year and hopefully I can lock down that spot," Fermor said.

"I just need to keep building and getting better. I've been trying to learn something new every day and taking stuff from other players and keep building.

"I think I finished the 2021 year pretty well so I’m hoping to start off like that in 2022 and build from there."

Fermor is ready for a big 2022 season ahead.
Fermor is ready for a big 2022 season ahead.

Speaking to media on Monday, the Queensland Maroons hopeful also confirmed he has trained exclusively with the forwards, except for one occasion to prepare for any injuries that may occur in-game. 

"I did train a little bit at centre the other day, but that was more in case there was an injury or something," Fermor said.

"You never know what happens in a game and if I have to fill in there, it was just to remind myself, but I haven’t been doing much in the centres at all."

Fermor is looking forward to the Titans' pre-season trials kicking off in just under a month, ahead of Round 1 against Parramatta on Sunday, March 13. 

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