REPRESENTATIVE players like Greg Bird, Nate Myles, Ashley Harrison and Dave Taylor usually hog most of the headlines at the Gold Coast Titans.
And that's the way fellow forward Ryan James likes it.
When he was the news in September last year it was for an incident he has since tried hard to forget.
Like he had done for most the season, James was playing for Tweed Heads in the Queensland Cup when a shoulder charge shattered the jaw of Redcliffe captain Chris Farrell.
He wasn't penalised, but did cop some racial abuse from opposition fans.
A match review panel later hit him with a grade three dangerous contact charge which he beat, a decision that stunned some of the game's most experienced medical experts.
The incident was a disappointing end to a season that saw the former Bilambil Jets junior manage just three NRL games as he worked his way back from a knee reconstruction in June 2011.
This season, however, the 21-year-old has been quietly making a name for himself for all the right reasons.
He shone for the Indigenous All Stars in their victory over the NRL All Stars, and has been in excellent form for the Titans, scoring a try and making 72m from 10 hit-ups in Saturday night's stirring 16-14 win against Manly.
"It's been a great start for me, coming off that knee injury. It was hard mentally coming back, not knowing if it was strong enough," James said.
"I played some long minutes in the State League coming back from it, but I don't even think about it anymore.
"It's just good to get back into the rhythm of things, getting some game time, and just having fun."
James said the team's emphasis on defence had paid dividends so far in 2013, the Titans conceding just five tries in three games, including zero against the Raiders in round two.
"We've been working real hard on defence and just bonding. No one's come through the middle of us yet so we're going to try to keep going with that," he said.
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