Local players have chance to play NRL with Titans
SIX players with links to the Northern Rivers will have the chance to play NRL with the Gold Coast Titans this season.
David Mead, Luke Douglas, Anthony Don, Cody Nelson, Paul Carter and Caleb Binge are all contracted in the top squad.
Mead grew up in Lismore and has been at the Titans since making his NRL debut in 2009.
He has been a regular in the starting side, on the wing, and has played a few games at centre and fullback.
Lower Clarence junior Luke Douglas started his career at the Cronulla Sharks and hasn't missed a game since joining the Titans in 2012.
Don, 26, made his debut with the Titans last year after standout performances on the wing with the Burleigh Bears in Queensland Cup.
He was recruited after scoring 40 tries at fullback in the 2010 premiership-winning Grafton Ghosts team in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition.
Binge, Carter and Nelson are yet to break into the NRL.
Binge is a Ballina Seagulls junior and has been one of the Titans best forwards in the National Youth Competition for the past two years.
Carter played for Marist Brothers and went to Alstonville High School before finishing his education in Sydney.
He made the Australian Schoolboys side in 2010 before playing NYC with the Canterbury Bulldogs.
The 21-year-old was named NYC lock of the year in 2012.
He is the son of premiership-winning Penrith Panthers five-eighth Steve Carter.
Mullumbimby junior Cody Nelson will be hoping for a better year at the Titans in 2014.
A knee injury kept him on the sidelines for most of last season after standout performances for the Tweed Seagulls in the Queensland Cup over the years.
Ballina teens Anthony Colman, Jackson Clarke and Brian Kelly have made the Titans NYC squad for 2014.