‘I just want to move on’: Cartwright to atone for disaster
Desperate to atone for a disappointing 2018, Bryce Cartwright admits not putting in enough hard work last year but insists this pre-season has been different at Gold Coast.
A one-time State of Origin contender for his ability to be an x-factor at Penrith, Cartwright arrived at the Titans as one of the club's biggest signings last February under new coach Garth Brennan.
But he played just 14 games and started only five times in a horror year that included him being dropped in June.
It prompted an early return to training this summer, coming back to the club two weeks before pre-season officially began with Nathan Peats and Ryan James to work on his fitness.
"I just want to move on and not play another year like that again," Cartwright told reporters on Tuesday.
"I probably took out of it that you can't turn up and expect things to happen. You have to put in the hard work.
"Last year, I turned up and I got here and got here late and probably didn't put enough hard work in to set a foundation for myself.
"That's what I'm trying to do this year - work hard every day and put my best foot forward."
After playing numerous positions across his career, Cartwright is certain he wants to be a second-rower.
But regaining his spot might not be so easy.
The Titans have bolstered their pack with Shannon Boyd, meaning James might spend some time on the edge in 2019.
Keegan Hipgrave, also impressing last season, has trained this summer alongside James and Cartwright on the left edge.
"That's why I'm trying to put my best foot forward, training really hard, because there is so much competition here," Cartwright said.
"A lot of great edge back-rowers here and a lot of good front-rowers. Ryan James might get pushed out to the edge."