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Ins: Maurice Blair (Storm), Paul Carter (Bulldogs), Kalifa FaiFai Loa (Cowboys), Christian Hazard (Rabbitohs), Siuatonga Likiliki (Knights), Brad Tighe (Panthers).

Outs: Jordan Atkins (London), Marmin Barba (Broncos), Hymel Hunt (Storm), Jamal Idris (Panthers), Luke O’Dwyer (Retired), Jordan Rankin (Hull), Matthew Russell (Warrington).

2013 Record – 9th, 26 points (11 wins, 13 losses).

Stat Rankings:

Attack: 8th, 20.83  ppg

Defence: 10th, 21.58 ppg

Marquee Man: Albert Kelly – 2013 was basically last chance saloon for the gifted halfback after being moved on by various clubs for off field incidents. However after being thrown a lifeline by the Titans, Kelly repaid them in kind, forming a formidable halves combination with Aidan Sezer to take the Titans to within a whisker of the finals.

Under the Spotlight: Dave Taylor – Few players divide opinion like the big Queenslander. 6ft 2, 120kg and blessed with the silky skills of a halfback, the ‘Coal Train’ has the potential to be one of the true elite players in the game. Unfortunately Taylor’s lack of commitment and disinterest at times has earned him the ire of previous coaches, and it remains to be seen whether he can fulfil his raw potential or simply end up a wasted talent.

Draw Analysis: Tough. Only 4 home games in first 10 weeks of the competition as opposed to last year when an early run of home games gave them a fast start. Finish with 6 of last 10 games away which adds to the difficulty.

Verdict:

Given the injury toll and loss of experienced playmakers, the Titans 2013 season was full of merit.

Albert Kelly was a shining light, whilst veterans Greg Bird and Luke Bailey continued to toil away honestly for their side.

The Titans have speed to burn out wide and if they can somehow harness Dave Taylor and get the best out of him, they certainly possess the talent to have a prosperous 2014.

If they can remain largely injury free,  Gold Coast may well give you a great sight at $3.25 to Make the Top 8 with Bookmaker

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