PALMERSTON NORTH, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 19: Ryan James of the Titans is tackled by Bunty Afoa and Shaun Johnson of the Warriors during the NRL Trial match between the Warriors and the Gold Coast Titans at Central Energy Trust Arena on February 19, 2017 in Palmerston North, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Gold Coast Titans Head Coach Neil Henry has tonight announced that forwards Ryan James and Kevin Proctor will Co-Captain the club in 2017.

Henry made the announcement in front of over 350 guests at the club’s Season Launch held at the TFH High Performance Centre at Parkwood Village.

James has spent his entire NRL career at the club and with a total of 93 games played, Ryan will be looking to help the younger and less experienced players further develop their abilities.

“This is not just a proud moment for me, it also means a lot to my family,” James said. “I’ve grown up in the local area and have never had any thoughts of playing for anyone else.

“To have signed a new contract last month and to now have been given this additional honour, 2017 has started extremely well and I hope it continues throughout the season.

“To co-captain with someone like Kevin, who is another local product who then went to Melbourne as a young player, and to have him return and partner me in this role is something I believe will be good for the club.”

Proctor, a 179 game veteran admits he was a little surprised when Henry chose him as co-captain.

“Neil and I had a number of conversations early on about bringing that aspect of leadership to the club, but I was honestly shocked when he appointed me a co-captain,” Proctor said. “It’s a new refreshing start for me and all I hope is that I play to my potential, lead by example, and have a positive impact on the entire playing group.

“Ryan is a player I’ve watched grow over the years and off the back of his performances last year, I feel he is in for a big 2017.”