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'I've made it pretty clear': Elliston not rejecting front rowers union anytime soon

Jess Elliston believes her secret to last season's success was being 'promoted' to the front row.

Claiming player of the year honours for a superlative maiden spell in Titans colours, the 24-year-old Queensland representative is aiming to back up her breakout stint in the dynamic middle third role when she hopes to return to her newfound position.

"I better be there, I tell you. I've made it pretty clear... I'd like to play in the middle thanks," Elliston joked.

"Hopefully I'm still playing through the middle though. That's where I've been training."

The energetic and personable forward has enjoyed her first three weeks of pre-season preparation with the NRLW competition not too far away, and has quickly been able to bond with the fresh and familiar faces under the guise of new coach Karyn Murphy.

"I'm not going to join the army anytime soon after our pre-season camp. I can tell you that now, but I think [pre-season] has gone amazingly," Elliston said. 

"As much as I didn't like the camp we just did, it really helped us connect as a team and I think this season, we've gelled so much better.

"Everything is looking really good and so smooth and we're definitely getting it handed to us at the moment."

Given the congested year of footy Elliston and her teammates have been involved in, this season's shortened preparation has been slightly different to usual, helping get straight into game mode with the Round 1 opener only just over a fortnight away.

"We've actually changed our conditioning and everything to more like game conditioning," Elliston revealed.

"It's like a sneak attack where you don't realise you're doing conditioning when we actually are. We're also just getting our plays sorted and connecting as a team.

"We're trying to do all of that because it's a very, very quick pre-season."

Up against the Dragons in the first game of the new campaign, there will be plenty of feeling across the squad given a majority of the exisiting playing group will have fresh memories of the Red V knocking the Titans out of the race to the big dance.

"I think we have the team to go really well," Elliston said.

"We're probably the underdogs, but I love it that way.

"We'll go out and prove a point."

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