Tyrone Roberts gets an immediate chance to play his way into Gold Coast's round one team as he captains the side in their trial against the Cowboys.
Roberts, who has returned to the Titans after a year in Super League with Warrington Wolves, is set to reunite with Ash Taylor in the halves when the season opens at home to Canberra on 17th March.
You learn a lot more from playing with the players alongside you than training.Tyrone Roberts
He's been named in a young Gold Coast side to take on North Queensland at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Saturday, where he will partner Dylan Phythian in the halves.
Roberts won the Preston Campbell Medal as player of the game in last Friday's All Stars game.
In his last season at the club in 2017 he played in several different positions but wants to use pre-season to establish himself at the scrum base.
"I'm training at half so that's where my head is at, at this stage," said the 27-year-old. "We had made a decision even before All Stars, that I was going to play in all the trials - Garth just said he'd manage me to get me through it.
"You learn a lot more from playing with the players alongside you than training. I wanted to play and to be captain is a bonus."
The Titans have left star recruits Tyrone Peachey and Shannon Boyd out of their first pre-season game.
Former Knights utility Phythian is aiming to convince coach Garth Brennan he deserves one of the two remaining spots on the 2019 roster.
Bryce Cartwright will start in the second row and Brenko Lee and Brian Kelly in the centres, with former South Sydney player Jesse Arthars named at fullback.
Gold Coast are 50/1 to win the grand final.
The Titans are 89/100 to win their round one clash with the Raiders, who are 93/100.
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