Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

James Earns Brennan's Backing for Captaincy

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

James Earns Brennan's Backing for Captaincy

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RUGBY LEAGUE: As tough as it was, Ryan James is now thankful for his first taste of leadership after being handed the Gold Coast Titans captaincy in his own right for the 2018 NRL season.

James, 26, started the 2017 season sharing the Titans reins with veteran backrower Kevin Proctor - then everything went pear shaped.

Proctor stepped down from the captaincy midway through the season after a cocaine scandal as the Titans' 2017 season went from bad to worse.

There was a spate of injuries and reports of fullback Jarryd Hayne falling out with then coach Neil Henry, resulting in Henry's dumping.

When the dust finally settled, the Gold Coast had finished second last.

Fast forward to the 2018 pre-season and Titans forward James now appreciates the role after their season from hell.

"It was tough, just the experience of it all, I got chucked in," he said of the 2017 captaincy.

"(It was tough) the season we had and the off-field dramas we had but that is in the past now. …

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