James captained the side stoically throughout a difficult 2017 and is highly regarded for the leadership he provides on and off the field.
Hooker Nathan Peats is also in the mix – he has recommitted to the Titans until the end of the 2020 season and has the respect of everyone at the club.
Brennan will watch prospective candidates during pre-season training before making a decision.
While not guaranteeing anything, he indicated James was in pole position."Ryan is a natural leader, a Gold Coast kid who was born and bred here," Brennan said.