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'He's always been better': Tino's little bro ready to go

A humble Tino Fa'asuamaleaui has always proudly conceded he feels his young brother Iszac is the better brother of the pair.

It's hard to fathom given the past two seasons the Titans captain has had - with back-to-back Paul Broughton Medals, consecutive Origin appearances and now an Australian World Cup call-up... not to mention the incredible performances the 22-year-old has put in with the Gold Coast jersey on his back.

But should the hard-running forward be right, it'll be an exciting 2023 season for the Legion with his younger brother joining the club full-time alongside the skipper on a development contract.

"He's had a few injuries along the way but growing up he's always been the better brother," Tino said to in 2021.

"It would actually be a dream come true (to play with my brother). I'd love that. All that hard work we did when we were younger together, he was always there.

"Representing our last name and our family, running out together would be so good.

"I see the Bromwich brothers, how close they are and how fun it is to play footy together. I'd love to be able to do that with my brother, but we've both got to work hard and hopefully in the future we can run out together."

Iszac and Tino Fa'asuamaleaui. Photo: Gold Coast Titans
Iszac and Tino Fa'asuamaleaui. Photo: Gold Coast Titans

Iszac completed the 2022 pre-season together with his older brother at Parkwood before putting in an impressive year with affiliate club Burleigh after making his Hostplus Cup debut in Round 2 - defence being his major stronghold with an incredible 95 percent tackle efficiency.

It was a goal of the 21-year-old to play Cup in 2022 which culminated in 14 games for the young front rower, including a preliminary final appearance which saw his Bears fall agonisingly short to the Redcliffe Dolphins.

His next objective now with the Titans full-time is to continually train as hard as Tino and eventually debut in the NRL alongside his older brother.

"Obviously one day I would love to put the Titans jersey on and run out with Tino, but I'm just going to take it slow and go footstep by footstep and see how it goes," Iszac said to

"Having Tino there, he pushes me to go harder and I'm doing the same for him

"The biggest thing for Tino, he always tells me to train hard and train at 100 percent. Make the most of every training session. Even if it's just the small drills... make the most and put 100 percent in.

"Do all the one percenters… just train hard. That's basically it."

It's expected nothing will change with his high work ethic as he returns to the training field on Wednesday, ready for a big 2023 season ahead.

Iszac joins Tony Francis and Keano Kini as the three contracted development players with the fourth to most likely be elevated from the train-and-trial list spending the summer at Parkwood.

Acknowledgement of Country

Gold Coast Titans proudly acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are situated, the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh Language Region. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connections to the lands, waters and their extended communities throughout South East Queensland.