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Bailey battles jinx

HERE TO PLAY: Kyogle’s Will Matthews, third from left, was named on the bench for the Titans on Saturday night’s trial against the Warriors at Oakes Oval.
HERE TO PLAY: Kyogle’s Will Matthews, third from left, was named on the bench for the Titans on Saturday night’s trial against the Warriors at Oakes Oval. AAP

GOLD Coast Titans co-captain Luke Bailey hopes to break the hoodoo against St George when he takes on his former team in his 150th NRL game on Saturday.

The Titans have yet to beat the Dragons since debuting in the NRL in 2007, and their track record at Wollongong's WIN Stadium has been less than impressive.

Bailey, a former Dragon, will be hoping for a homecoming present in the form of a Titans victory.

Ironically, the Shellharbour junior will reach his 150th milestone at the very place where his career began, and while he is excited by that prospect, it will be even sweeter if his side can notch up a rare away win.

“I think the milestone probably should have come a year or two ago - I've had a couple of injuries,” Bailey said.

“But to come up against the Dragons should be good. It's made it a bit more exciting for the likes of mum and dad to get down there and have a look, so hopefully it's our first win down there.

“I remember playing back at WIN Stadium. The Dragons love playing there and try to use it as their grave-yard.

“It'll be a tough ask and it's going to require some good footy, but I'm sure we can step up to the mark.”

After their come-from-behind win over the Newcastle Knights at Skilled Park on Sunday, Titans coach John Cartwright has named an unchanged squad for the match.

The Titans know they will be in for a torrid time against the Wayne Bennet-coached Dragons, who went down in a thriller against the Melbourne Storm 19-18 last week, and will no doubt be out to make amends in front of their fanatical fans in the 'Gong.

However there is a new-found sense of belief among the Titans when it comes to hitting the road.

Make sure you get tomorrow's Tweed Daily News to hear what guest columnist Anthony Laffranchi thinks about venturing to the Dragons' lair.