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Giant recruit is talking big

New Gold Coast Titans player Jamal Idris wants to take his game to another level at the club.
New Gold Coast Titans player Jamal Idris wants to take his game to another level at the club. John Gass

ONE of his thighs would feed a village in Somalia for a week.

His hair is every barber's nightmare.

He's so tall and massive that the entire press contingent was kept in the shade at yesterday's media get-together to meet the Gold Coast Titans' new recruits at Skilled Park.

But no-one was kept in the dark about Jamal Idris' determination to help the Titans put last season's dismal performances behind them and become a NRL powerhouse next season.

The giant - he's so tall that he can clean the gutters without the aid of a ladder - was the centre of attention despite the presence of the Titans' other recruits.

Also fronting up were rugged utility forward Nate Myles (Roosters), slippery centre Beau Champion (Storm), no-nonsense prop Luke Douglas (Cronulla), speedy utility back Phil Graham (Roosters) and two promising youngsters, Beau Falloon, a hooker from the Rabbitohs and pivot Aidan Sezer (Bulldogs).

The amiable centre - or wherever you want to play Idris - did the usual "Joh Bjelke Petersen" and "fed the chooks" by telling them the bleedin' obvious.

"This is a beautiful part of the country," he said.

"I'm really looking forward to playing with the Titans. We, the players already here and with we new players, I believe the Titans are capable of winning the premiership next season."

And he meant every word he said.

Coach John Cartwright backed his star recruit by repeating the Titans had the squad to give the 2012 championship a real shake.

"We can't pretend that last season (ending at the bottom of the table) didn't happen," Cartwright said.

"This is about as excited as I get as we get ready for tomorrow's first training run ... it is Christmas Day, birthday and Melbourne Cup day all wrapped in one for me.

"Expectations will be high for all of us next year but I'm delighted with the quality and strength in the squad.

"Yeah, we're here to win a title."

Cartwright was pleased with the big-name signings in Myles and Idris but Sezer and Douglas also came in for special mention.

"Luke is a marvel, he has played 100 successive games and is my type of prop, tough and with a willingness to work," Cartwright said.

As for Sezer, Cartwright said he was one of the Bulldogs' best players in the under-20 competition in recent seasons and would bring a lot of ball-playing skills to the pivot role.

"He underwent knee reconstruction at the start of the year but is fully recovered and is keen as mustard to get back into footy and resume what is a very promising career," Cartwright said.

On paper, the Titans certainly have the squad to be competitive in 2012 - whether that transmits to the football field is yet to be seen.

But the $51 offered by a few of the betting agencies about the Titans' 2012 premiership prospects appears to be well over the odds.

One glaring problem with the Titans this season was the lack of penetration out in the centres but with the signing of the rampaging Idris and the elusive and fleet-footed Champion, the Titans will have one of the gun centre combinations in the competition.

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