2016 Best Buys Gold Coast Titans

NothingButLeague is looking at the best buys for each club in the National Rugby League. In this article we look at the Gold Coast Titans top three recruits for 2016, as they look to make the top eight for the first time since 2010.

3. Nathan Friend
Position: Hooker
Previous Club: New Zealand Warriors

The Titans were looking to add an experienced, respected leader to their squad in order to improve team culture, and Nathan Friend was the perfect man for the job. The inaugural hooker for the Titans in 2007, Friend will return to the Gold Coast following his departure in 2011. With the 35 year old only signing a one year contract, the club legend is expected to act as a mentor for young gun hooker Kierran Moseley, as well as adding experience to a youthful Titans spine.

2. Tyrone Roberts
Position: Halfback, Five-Eight
Previous Club: Newcastle Knights

Titans fans could understandably be disappointed after thinking that they would have Daly Cherry-Evans at halfback in 2016, and ending up with Tyrone Roberts. However, the 24 year old has the potential to shock many critics, as he has shown that he can be brilliant on his day. Neil Henry faces a challenge to bring out consistency in the playmaker, however a change in clubs and scenery might do wonders for him. Tyrone is also likely to be playing alongside his cousin, and the Titans most damaging player, James Roberts, and if the two are able to strike up a combination, the Titans could have one of the best signings of 2016.

1. Ashley Taylor
Position: Halfback, Five-Eight
Previous Club: Brisbane Broncos

Although Roberts is expected to start the season in the halves with Kane Elgey, it is the acquisition of the 2015 Under 20’s player of the year which should excite Titans fans the most. Taylor has departed the Broncos in search of an NRL opportunity, and the Junior Kangaroos halfback will be waiting in the shadows for his chance at first grade. His pre-season has been hampered by a hand injury suffered in his NRL debut for the Broncos, which will likely allow Tyrone Roberts to have first chance in the halves due to his NRL experience. However, when Taylor is given his time to shine, the highly touted youngster will be eager to make the jersey his own, and the 20 year old could form a halves combination with fellow young gun Kane Elgey, that could lead the Titans for the next decade.

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