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History-making captain graduates to Titans NRL squad

The Gold Coast Titans have been bolstered by the signing of young powerhouse forward Josiah Pahulu, joining the club until the end of the 2025 season.

Making history captaining Ipswich State High School to their first Queensland and National Schoolboys titles, the 18-year-old is also a graduate of the Future Titans pathway system, joining the Coast's junior program in 2019.

Alongside his team accolades, Pahulu's 2022 campaign was by far his most successful individually, representing Queensland in both the Under 19 State of Origin clash and Australian School National Championships.

These honours culminated in an Australian Schoolboys call-up which saw the dynamic middle third join fellow Titans Keano Kini and Arama Hau in representing the green and gold in Fiji last month.

Josiah Pahulu in action for Queensland Under 19s. Photo: Gregg Porteous/NRL Images
Josiah Pahulu in action for Queensland Under 19s. Photo: Gregg Porteous/NRL Images

Titans coach Justin Holbrook is pleased to have Pahulu progress as a product of the Gold Coast's pathways system.

"Josiah is an impressive young player with a tremendous work ethic and it's great to see him graduate from the club's Future Titans program into our NRL top squad," Holbrook said.

“He’s a middle forward with the ability to play big minutes up front, which was seen this year with his time at Ipswich State High School and representing his state and country.

"Another impressive quality is his leadership capabilities, with him being a natural mentor for his peers around him. 

"He has a bright future ahead here at the club and I look forward to seeing him develop through the grades before no doubt getting his opportunity to play in the NRL sometime soon."

Pahulu becomes the fourth and final development player to join the Titans roster for the 2023 season. 

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.