Titans need to get fitter

28 December 2017 22:33:58 GMTPlus10

New Titans coach Garth Brennan's arrival has triggered Ashley Taylor to shed weight ahead of the new NRL campaign.

Taylor was re-signed by Gold Coast on a new three-year deal shortly after Brennan took over the club's reins.

Brennan was already acting as a mentor to the 22-year-old, with the pair having established a relationship 18 months previously while the coach was with Penrith.

Taylor's the man who will be entrusted with the task of guiding the Titans to a maiden premiership.

After playing every game last season his involvement is set to expand in 2018, as Brennan looks to get every member of the squad to use the football to its full effect.

That means Taylor and halves partner Kane Elgey must be capable of covering many more metres during a game, so the young half knows he needs to lose some weight.

"I'm trying to cut a little bit back. I want to be everywhere on the field so I've got to cut a little bit more back," he said. "I want to try and do it the right way, the lean way and keep eating my meals and keep bringing the energy I need to bring.

"He's given us the licence to play some footy and that's what he wants everyone to do, not just our halves. We want everybody playing footy and we want everybody excelling and everyone being fit and strong."

Elgey is also excited about the brand of football the Titans will play under Brennan.

"He wants us to be a footy team that plays footy; in recent years you'll see teams are structured up the middle but we're not going to be too structured," he said. "Garth wants us to be the fittest and the strongest team in the comp so we've all taken that on board."

Gold Coast are 81.00 to win the grand final.

The Titans are 6.00 to finish in the top eight.

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