He'd avoided them for 15 years but deep down senior Aquis Titans forward Greg Bird knew what he was in for.
A three-day boot camp at Canungra west of the Gold Coast was designed to push youngsters and seasoned campaigners to their breaking points and engender a team ethos capable of carrying them through 26 rounds in the NRL.
Throughout the 2015 season Broncos players spoke of the mateship that was established in similar circumstances last January and with so many faces at the Titans for 2016 it is imperative that unbreakable bonds are forged and forged quickly.
"After 15 years to do something I'd never done before was refreshing really," Bird said. "Don't get me wrong, it was probably the hardest training I've ever done. That first day was the hardest training I've ever done.
"It sounds a bit corny to say that we couldn't have got through it without teamwork but at the end of the day that was pretty much what it was like.
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