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Fight for jersey's driving Brian

There's every chance that Brian Kelly and Aaron Schoupp could compete for positions in 2023.

Rather than rivals, the two centres have quickly become good friends and plan on driving each other to perform for the Titans next season.

"Me and Schouppy we're all good, we good mates," Kelly said.

"I just clicked with him straight away.

"We were wrestling partners for the first few days when he came, so yeah he's a good bloke."

Kelly says there is competition for spots in all positions heading into 2023, and players have responded accordingly at the start of pre-season.

"We've got to fight for the positions," Kelly said.

"There is more competition and that's better for the team and the club overall.

"There's Jojo (Fifita), Phil (Sami) has played a few games there as well ... so it's a good battle and it's better for the whole depth of the club."

Kelly will miss the start of the 2023 season through suspension, with the 26-year-old still having three games to serve on a four game ban for a lifting tackle.

After claiming Titans player of the year honours in 2020, Kelly says he is keen to return to that form next season and has a focus on improving his defensive game.

"I just need to back my defence.  I felt I was a bit all over the shop at the start of the year and the end of the year before.

"It's just finding combinations and the lack of injury as well.

"There's been a few halves and wingers inside and out so it is just getting that combination set.

"It's all about the start ... and that's what we are doing here with Whitey (Brett White) in defence is just focusing on that and that's our job for next season.

"Just the attention to detail, I'm really enjoying that.

"There are a lot of fresh faces and new energy and I'm just loving it."

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