NRL 2021 Season Preview: Gold Coast Titans

New recruit David Fifita at his unveiling in Titans colours. Image Source: titans.com.au

Are the Gold Coast Titans about to contend for the finals for the first time since its eighth-place finish in 2016?

It was an injury-riddled 2020 for the COVID-19 disrupted season on the Gold Coast. Prop Shannon Boyd retired, Kallum Watkins returned to England and superstar-in-waiting AJ Brimson didn’t feature until late in the season.

Add in Tyrone Peachy’s ongoing injury concerns and Dale Copley being sidelined, the Titans took a lot of positives out of the season.

What to expect:

Heading into 2021, there is much fanfare about the Titans as they finished the season with six wins from their final eight games.

Half Jamal Fogarty finished off his season in sublime form as he guided the side around with class, Brimson came on and lit the NRL alight in fullback and Ash Taylor showed signs that he was back.

But there’s more. The engine room will boast Origin stars Moeaki Fotuaika, David Fifita, and Tino Fa’asuamaleaui – who is coming off the back of a premiership with Melbourne Storm.

Key to the season:

The Titans have a chance to fly out of the starting gates into a potential 3-0 record. The men from the glitter strip will face the embattled Warriors, Broncos, and Cowboys over the first three rounds.

Coach Justin Holbrook will have his team primed and ready for three strong performances – and a chance to build upon the form the club showed at the back end of 2020.

Titans beat all three sides with relative ease in the clashes last season.

Squad:

Tanah Boyd, AJ Brimson, Erin Clark, Anthony Don, Herman Ese’ese, Tino Fa’asuamaleaui, Darius Farmer, Beau Fermor, David Fifita, Moeaki Fotuaika, Jamal Fogarty, Patrick Herbert, Jaimin Jolliffe, Brian Kelly, Sam Lisone, Gregory Marzhew, Tyrone Peachey, Jonus Pearson, Kevin Proctor, Mitch Rein, Phillip Sami, Toby Sexton, Treymain Spry, Sam Stone, Ashley Taylor, Corey Thompson, Jarrod Wallace, Jai Whitbread.

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