Roberts within reach of Titans record

He is within reach of the record for the most tries scored by a Titans player in a season but centre James Roberts insists adding to his try-scoring tally is not his focus.

In suffering three of the heaviest defeats in the club's history in consecutive weeks the Titans have only been able to score one try themselves and Roberts has been unable to add to his tally of 14 tries in his past four games.

The current Titans record for most tries in a season is David Mead's 16 tries in 2011 but Roberts said bringing an end to the longest try-scoring drought of his young NRL career comes second to getting the Gold Coast club a much needed win.

"It's not my main focus," Roberts said of his try-scoring exploits. "It's more just getting involved and doing my bit for the team so hopefully I can do that a lot more this week than I have been the last few weeks.

"Me personally, I've struggled a bit because I had a good relationship and a good combination going with [Aidan] Sezer so it's good to get him back. He and 'Kano' [Kane Elgey] have a good combination so hopefully we can bring that out this weekend.

"For me personally, I struggle a bit. You create a good combination with someone and then we've been chopping and changing a bit.

"I just want to finish strong like I started off and try and do my best for the team and finish off nice and strong."

 

Roberts' form has been one of the shining lights of a Titans season that appears set to fall well short of finals football again, the 22-year-old earning his first senior representative jersey with City Origin and spending time in camp with the New South Wales Origin team.

The absence of regular halves Aidan Sezer and Kane Elgey has impacted Roberts's involvement in recent weeks but teammate Lachlan Burr said they are working on ways to get him more involved.

Burr played against Roberts in the under-20s competition and said having a consistent combination is key to maximising his incredible talents.

"Just his speed, he was lightning. He was playing fullback back then," Burr said of his days trying to corral Roberts in the under-20s.

"The boys are practising all the time, trying to get those combinations with the halves and get him early ball."

While Mead's Titans record is in his sights in the short term, the try-scoring tally Roberts most has his eyes on is a career tally of 106 four-pointers.

That's how many his uncle Amos Roberts scored in nine seasons with the Dragons, Panthers and Roosters and provided the inspiration for James to follow in his footsteps.

Currently working in the mines in Darwin, Amos will call James in the lead-up to the clash with the Eels on Monday night as he does every week but that's not to say his nephew doesn't want to knock him off having scored 30 tries in his first 45 NRL games.

"Yeah I wouldn't mind," said Roberts of surpassing his uncle's achievements. "I always grew up watching my uncle Amos score plenty of tries throughout his career. He was my idol so I just wanted to be like him and pretty much copied everything he did.

"He's been the father figure for me since I was younger and he had a big influence on me, him and another one of my uncles, Uncle Jeremy. He's played a big part in my life and helped me get through some stuff.

"Normally before every game he'll message me with some pointers or tips. I always looked up to him and even though we play different positions now, he's been around for a long time and was such a good player back in the day so it means a lot to me and I always take note."