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Gold Coast Titans 2017 Season Review

  • Gold Coast Titans 2017 Season Review

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 17: Kevin Proctor of the Titans (L) and team mates look dejected after an Eels try during the round 24 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Gold Coast Titans at ANZ Stadium on August 17, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

  • Gold Coast Titans 2017 Season Review

    GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 15: Coach Neil Henry speaks to the media during a Gold Coast Titans NRL press conference at Titans Headquarters on August 15, 2017 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

  • Gold Coast Titans 2017 Season Review

    GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 26: Ashley Taylor of the Titans shows his frustration during the round 25 NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Cbus Super Stadium on August 26, 2017 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

  • Gold Coast Titans 2017 Season Review

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 02: Jarryd Hayne of the Titans reacts during the round 26 NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Gold Coast Titans at Allianz Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)

After a successful 2016 campaign that surpassed expectations, the Titans endured a hugely underwhelming 2017, amidst a number of troubling controversies.

Jarryd Hayne in his first full season with the club was regularly criticised and accused by spectators and the media alike, of not trying and not playing to his full potential. A heavily speculated feud between Hayne and coach Neil Henry kick-started a subsequent media circus at the back end of the season which resulted in Henry's sacking and the appointment of assistants Terry Matterson and Craig Hodges for the final two games as interim coaches. Their big international signing, Kevin Proctor missed four games and was fined $20,000 in a Canberra cocaine bust in May and missed out on another four due to injury. Boom halfback Ash Taylor also allegedly threatened to walk out on the club with the Broncos circling to steal back their former junior star. 

The young halves combination of Ash Taylor and Kane Elgey struggled to gel with Tyrone Roberts often alternating between halves, fullback or hooker roles with a frequently disrupted spine. The Titans were the only team to not sit inside the top eight at any point of the season and had difficulty in recovering from their poor start which yielded just one win in their first seven rounds. A total of 34 players appeared for the Titans throughout the whole season, with Taylor being the only player to play every game. 

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There were some positives to come out of 2017 for the Gold Coast outfit however. The side full of emerging young talent would have gained some confidence after beating the Cronulla Sharks on both occasions this season to become quite a bogey side for the 2016 Premiers. Unfortunately after a 30-10 victory over the Sharks in torrential rain, the Titans couldn't win any of their remaining seven matches, even conceding 96 points over two weeks to the Broncos and the Dragons. Young forwards Max King, Morgan Boyle, Ben Nakubuwai made their first grade debuts and look like tremendous prospects after playing 34 games combined in their first season. They lose Leivaha Pulu and Chris McQueen next season while they welcome back old boy Brenton Lawrence from Manly and Jai Arrow from Brisbane to join former Brisbane teammate Jarrod Wallace, one of the most consistent performers for the Titans this year. 

Best player- Ashley Taylor

Top tryscorer- Anthony Don (12)

Top pointscorer- Ashley Taylor (100)

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