The Gold Coast Titans have confirmed Tyrone Roberts will take over as captain for the rest of the 2019 season.
The star five-eighth takes over the role from Ryan James, after scans revealed a season-ending ACL rupture that will keep him sidelined for at least six months.
Roberts has put on stellar performances for the side since making his own return from injury in Round 4, with match-winning contributions in the club’s past two victories against the Panthers and Knights.
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The 27-year-old has scored three tries in the past two matches, taking control of the side and showing great leadership as the Titans battled a savage injury toll in the early rounds of the season.
The Ballina product has made 142 NRL appearances and brought a wealth of experience back to the club after a season playing for the Warrington Wolves in the English Super League.
While coach Garth Brennan has chosen Roberts to lead the side, he knows the half will receive a lot of assistance from other senior members in the side.
“Tyrone plays in the halves and provides a lot of leadership and direction when out on the field,” Brennan said.
“He has been involved in the game for a long time and has some big-game experience.
“He has returned home and been a good sounding board for a lot of the group. I know he will continue to do the same, albeit with a little more added responsibility.
“Tyrone has some real experience around him, and I know there will be a lot of players helping him out.
“The loss of Ryan is huge. We all know what he brings to the club and how much the club means to him.
“It is unfortunate we have to continue without him out on the field, but I’m sure he will be around helping everyone out as the season goes on.”