Titans depend on show of strength

Gold Coast Titans’ Luke Douglas after a gruelling training session in the heat.
Gold Coast Titans’ Luke Douglas after a gruelling training session in the heat. John Gass

A CHANGE of NRL club can sometimes be a chance for players to rediscover form and resurrect a career.

However, this won't be the case for Gold Coast recruit Luke Douglas who will look for more of the same when he runs out for the Titans this season.

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He comes to a club with an ageing forward pack and a team desperate to avoid the wooden spoon after a disastrous 2011.

The Yamba product will bring plenty of confidence coming off the back of 146 consecutive first grade games at the Cronulla Sharks.

"I debuted in 2006 and I've been lucky enough to get that many games up and I'll look to keep it going here," Douglas said.

"It's similar to Cronulla and there are good facilities here."

Douglas was in Ballina last Thursday as the Titans were run ragged in an afternoon coaching session.

He is thrilled to be closer to home this season.

"It's a good move and it was a chance to get closer to the family," he said.

"When we have time off I can easily get back to Yamba."

The 110kg front-rower has been a standout in pre-season trials and would love nothing more than to make his State of Origin debut for NSW this year after he was named 18th man for the series decider last season.

"I've never actually played in any representative teams so I'd like to make the Country side this year and see what happens from there," Douglas said.

Luke's younger brother Kane is now in his third season as a second-rower for the NSW Waratahs in the Super 15 Rugby.

He was one of the best on the paddock in the 25-21 loss at the hands of the Queensland Reds.

Meanwhile, 2010 premiership-winning Grafton Ghosts fullback Anthony Don is hopeful of playing for the Titans this season after breaking into the 25-man squad.

The 24-year-old had a stellar season with Titans feeder club the Burleigh Bears last season.

"It's a big opportunity and something I've always wanted to do," Don said.

"There are a few good wingers and fullbacks ahead of me, so I'll probably play the whole season at the Bears."

Don is confident the Ghosts can win their third consecutive premiership in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition this season.

"They haven't lost many players and should win with Ryan Farrell coaching," he said.

"The only side that can probably beat them is the Northern United Dirawongs."

The NRRRL season kicks off on April 14.

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