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Isaako relishing mentor role for young playmakers

Jamayne Isaako can't wait to see Jayden Campbell return with the No. 1 jersey on his back this weekend.

He's also incredibly excited to be back in the Titans top 17, returning to his old stomping ground at Suncorp Stadium to face the Dragons.

Joining the club in Round 3 on a short-term contract before heading to the Dolphins next season, the 25-year-old has relished the opportunity to be a mentor for the young playmakers in the Gold Coast spine, after being in a similar position when he first started his NRL career at the Brisbane Broncos.

"I've been in this sort of position before where I've been one of the young guns looking up to the other more experienced blokes," Isaako said.

"Being at the Broncos and going through a period where we were weren't winning games and not playing our best footy, but the whole reason why I came here was to lead a couple of the young boys around in some of the key positions.

"With JC at fullback and in the halves with Toby Sexton... I want to give them some of my experience and am certainly trying to help in that area.

"The boys are going well. I think the last couple of weeks, we haven't been getting the wins and the confidence is a bit down.

"So, I think if we can get ourselves back on the board and get into that winning space, thins will turn for us pretty quickly."

Excited to take the field with the 22-year-old young gun, the experienced flyer has enjoyed helping the youngster continually improve week-in, week-out; especially with not being afraid to take control in big moments.

"I think mostly with JC's role... it's probably just communicating a bit more," Isaako said.

"Obviously he's a younger head in the team and can shy away from talking in big moments in the game, but I'm really looking forward to running out with him this weekend."

"With him playing fullback and me on the wing, hopefully I can get a couple of long balls and you know can get on the board for a couple of tries, but I'm really looking forward to running out alongside him, AJ (Brimson) and obviously Toby to hopefully try and get a win."

Last playing in Round 7, the Kiwi flyer is hoping he can play well to earn himself a permanent spot in the top 17 for the remainder of the season while he is proudly wearing Titans colours.

"I think for me personally, it's just about doing the job for the team that I'm currently at," Isaako said.

"I'm here at the Titans at the moment. For the next five or six months, I'm just worried about you putting my best foot forward for these guys and bringing my best footy over the course of the next 15 or so games we've got left, so if I can do that for Justin and the boys, I'll be happy with myself.

"Obviously I've been in and out of the team for the most part of this year, and if I can solidify a position anywhere in the team and start playing good footy and get my confidence up, I think I'll be close to getting back to where I was playing before the end of 2018."

Although a Dolphin in 2023, Isaako still wants to put his best foot forward for his current club, especially for the Titans fans, who follow closely and watch every game with plenty of passion.

"We want to get wins for our fans, because they're the ones that turn up each week and support us," Isaako said.

"On and off the field, people turn up here to training and watch us train as well, so if we can get ourselves together and start stringing some wins together for the fans, I'm sure they'll stick around."

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