Titans legend Preston Campbell says the Gold Coast players need to look at the contribution they are making to the club after a disappointing season.
As Head of Performance and Culture Mal Meninga completes his review into the club’s football operations to discover the reasons why the Titans have failed to fire this season, Campbell said the players needed to be held accountable for the lack of on-field success.
Speaking at NAIDOC Week celebrations at Firth Park at Mudgeeraba, Campbell said the pressure of young players struggling to live up to their price tags looked like it had squeezed the fun out of football for some players this season.
“If I had a chance to talk to the boys, I would ask them ‘what contribution are you making to the team?’,” Campbell said.
“It is all well and good them talking about the coach. But at the end of the day – and, again, it is cliché – but the coach is not out on the field with the boys.
“They just need to have a look at themselves. And they need to be enjoying the game, having a bit of fun.
“I think for a lot of these young boys, they worry about whether they are playing up to the standard that they are getting paid.
“Sometimes they just need to leave that in the background and do something that they once enjoyed doing.
“Again, it is about what contribution they make to the team, and if they are making that contribution, what extra could they do for the team?
“That is really what a football club should be about – doing the best you can, but also going out and supporting somebody in doing the best they can as well.”