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Titans or Tweed: Isaako wanting to 'just play good footy' in new colours

The great Albert Einstein once said... 'in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity'.

This sentiment couldn't have rung anymore truer for Gold Coast new recruit Jamayne Isaako, who has joined the club this week, driving down the M1 after playing 77 NRL games for the Brisbane Broncos.

Feeling like his first grade days were numbered in his final season at Red Hill, the 25-year-old signed on the dotted line on Monday to be the newest player to call Parkwood home, shocking the rugby league world after initial reports suggested his was off to Parramatta.

His tenure with the Titans will be short and sweet, signed as one of the new Dolphins recruit in 2023; but the Kiwi International still has plenty to offer for the remainder of this season.

"I just want to play some good footy and learn off Justin (Holbrook) and the boys. I had a phone call with him on Monday after I signed and he just said that he wanted me to bring the little bit of experience that I've got to have, obviously with a young group here as well," Isaako said.

"I've played 70 odd games for the Broncs, so whatever I can do to help guide [Jayden Campbell] over the next seven months or so, I'll do whatever I can.

"[Kevin Walters] said there were a couple guys ahead of me down there, and coming here, I feel like I'll probably have a little bit more of an opportunity to play (NRL).

"Justin said there were spots that I am able to crack a jumper here and play some good footy for the next seven months.

"That's what I'm wanting to do and I'm looking forward to being part of the club."

Joining training for the first time on Thursday, the former Bronco said his initial session was a little foreign after spending the entire pre-season in Brisbane, but is looking forward to working alongside the squad more and more to learn how the Titans play footy.

"It was a little bit frustrating for myself not knowing the plays, but as time goes along, I'll get the hang of it and the plays here," Isaako said.

"But I think this morning's training session went pretty well and I think once I get a couple more training sessions under my belt, I'll learn the plays and how they play and learn to adapt."

Understanding there will be plenty of external pressures to prove himself before he heads north to join the Dolphins on November 1, the spotlight isn't going to affect the fullback / winger, who just wants to play quality footy, whether it be for the Titans or for Tweed.

"You obviously have to prove yourself each and every single week when playing in the NRL. It's the best competition in the world to play in rugby league," Isaako said.

"I'm just looking forward to being a part of this club and just looking to play some good quality footy over the next several months, whether it's NRL or Q Cup."

Isaako's recruitment has helped deepen the Gold Coast's roster in the outside backs stocks, in which Titans coach Justin Holbrook has spoken about extensively.

"We know we’re going to need that depth this year. I think every club does," Holbrook said.

“Jamayne is experienced at NRL level and has played on the international stage. He adds great depth to our outside backs and provides us with coverage across both the fullback and wing positions.

“We’ve got strong competition across a number of positions and adding Jamayne gives us another exciting option to choose from in our backline.

“With a number of talented young backline players on our roster, Jamayne will no doubt be able to help with their development during his time with the Titans.”

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