Titans star happy to re-sign for club

Gold Coast Titans player Ryan James (centre) takes issue with Broncos captain Corey Parker (right) during their round five NRL match last year.
Gold Coast Titans player Ryan James (centre) takes issue with Broncos captain Corey Parker (right) during their round five NRL match last year. DAVE HUNT

RUGBY LEAGUE: Ryan James has hopes of staying a one-club NRL player after agreeing a new long-term deal with the Gold Coast Titans.

The prop re-signed on Tuesday for a further three seasons, which will keep him on the glitter strip until the end of 2020.

James had been subject of interest from other clubs, including "big brother” Brisbane, but said he always wanted to stay.

"I'm glad we've been able to get it all sorted and over the line,” the 25-year-old said.

"It's all come to an end point now and I get to be at the club that I love for the next four years.

"I love the Gold Coast, I love playing for the Titans, and my family love that they can come and watch the majority of my games, so that all went into this decision.

"They talk about becoming a one-club man and there is potential for it now.

"I'll be 29 at the end of this contract, so hopefully I can achieve that and be the person that everyone aspires to be.”

If he stays fit in 2017, James is set to reach 100 NRL games for the Titans.

His form has also put him in the frame for a possible New South Wales State of Origin jersey.

Titans coach Neil Henry was pleased James had decided to stay.

"Ryan is a key member of our playing squad and I'm extremely pleased that he has committed to the club for a further three years,” Henry said.

"He is a member of the leadership group, a terrific trainer, an asset on the field and someone that the younger guys look up to.

"They are all important attributes we want in our senior players here at the Titans.”

Meanwhile, Cowboys star Johnathan Thurston says he is looking forward to his first taste of the Auckland Nines at next month's tournament.

Thurston returned to training this week after being given time off following the Kangaroos' Four Nations win late last year.

He has been working hard on his fitness since the start of the year to ensure he is ready for the Nines weekend at Eden Park on February 4 and 5.

"I've been working on my fitness since the new year making sure I'm up to scratch so the body is in good nick and I can play (in Auckland),” Thurston said.

"It doesn't matter who you talk to, all the boys really enjoy the (Nines) concept.

"It's a fun weekend. Being on the sidelines last year you could feel the atmosphere. It's exciting - the fans really get behind it and make it what it is.

"From all the reports you hear the boys have a lot of fun. Whoever you talk to from a lot of clubs, they always enjoy the weekend.

"It's the first time I'll be a part of it so I am looking forward to it.”

Topics:  gold coast titans johnathan thurston neil henry north queensland cowboys ryan james

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