Returning Gold Coast star Kane Elgey says that after making the finals for the first time since 2010 last season the Titans can aim at giving the premiership a real shake this year.
Gold Coast narrowly won a late-season battle among several clubs for eighth and were eliminated in the first week of the finals in a try-fest against Brisbane, 44-28.
“It’s a stepping stone,” Elgey says.
“We did make the top eight and this year we’re definitely looking to get top four and even better, so it’s a building process and with the new players we’ve got it’s going to be exciting.”
It is almost like Elgey is one of those new players.
He made his first-grade debut in 2015 and ended up playing 16 games, scoring six tries, but then he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee at a training session last January and missed the entire 2016 season.
Now he is set to join forces with Ash Taylor in potentially one of the most exciting halves combinations in the NRL.
Taylor joined the Titans from Brisbane last season and played 22 games, scoring five tries.
Elgey says he’s feeling good a year on from the devastating day on which he sustained the injury.
“It’s back to normal now,” he says. “It’s in the past and I’m sort of ready to get back into it and after ‘Chrissie’ it (training) is more footy-related, so it’s exciting.
“It’s sort of like a fresh start. It’s been a tough year, but I’m excited. The pre-season was good and the (Christmas) break was good, but now it’s time to get down to business and the Auckland Nines is coming up soon, so it’ll be good.”