Whilst the Gold Coast Titans roster severely underperformed in 2019, leading many to point out the side’s lack of effort, there are three young, talented and enthusiastic players who did put in a consistent effort last season and must be the foundation for the club’s upcoming rebuild.
The Queensland representative was a standout player at the Titans before getting injured at the midway point of the 2019 NRL season.
With an average of 135.6 running metres per game and a tackle efficiency rate of 89.5% last season, Arrow’s efforts cannot be debated and in a club where effort is needed in 2020, the lock can’t come back soon enough.
The 24-year-old is of course off-contract and free to negotiate with other clubs, however the Titans have the money and to public knowledge so far Arrow wishes to remain at the club.
With Jai Arrow out and the club finishing the season on an eleven game losing streak, pretty much any positive play the Titans made during this time came from AJ Brimson.
At the darkest of times where it can be argued some of his teammates weren’t playing up to standard, Brimson would go above and beyond to at least try and get his team on the front foot, with Arrow’s effort returning in 2020, partnered along side the fullback’s, Brimson should find it a lot easier to create and get his side going, if so a call into the Queensland camp alongside Arrow could be waiting for the 21-year-old.
Brimson is in a similar situation to Arrow in being off-contract, however the player has said he is just waiting for the Titans to present him with an offer.
Moeaki Fotuaika was named the Titans Player of the Year by the club and has recently re-signed until the end of the 2022 NRL season and understandably so.
In 2019, the forward had nothing short of a breakout season, breaking 32 tackles, averaging 12 hit ups per game, accumulating 1061 post contact metres, averaging 133.4 running metres per game and making 563 tackles for an efficiency rate of 91.9%.
At just 19 years of age Fotuaika has had a freakish start to his NRL career, which if he can continue will surely see him as one of if not the Titans’ best player very soon.