Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Atkins Hungry to Become Mainstay at Gold Coast Titans; Toowoomba Product Determined to Make Most of Opportunity

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Atkins Hungry to Become Mainstay at Gold Coast Titans; Toowoomba Product Determined to Make Most of Opportunity

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HIGH-flying Toowoomba product Jordan Atkins says he is even hungrier to become a mainstay of the Gold Coast Titans backline this season.

Coming off the highs and lows of his debut season in the NRL, Atkins said he finally felt he belonged in first grade and was determined to make the most of his opportunity.

Last year, the Stanthorpe Gremlins junior burst onto the NRL scene with four tries on debut.

However, the highs of that experience were tempered by struggles with form and injury at times throughout the season.

"I know I'm more hungry," said Atkins, when asked what he had learnt from his own experience in 2008.

"Last year I sort of felt like I didn't belong. But this year I've sat down and spoke to Carty (coach John Cartwright) and this is where I want to be and I want to be here for a few more years.

"I learnt a lot and matured a lot. I'm trying to be a bit more of a consistent player this year - last year I was a bit hot and cold and had a few mistakes in me but hopefully that's in the past. …

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