Titans prop Jarrod Wallace says while there are only two games remaining in the Gold Coast’s 2019 campaign, the true potential of the playing squad is just starting to shine through.
As the Titans head to Newcastle this weekend chasing their second win over the Knights this year, and just their fifth of a tortuous season, the Gold Coast has been lifted by a courageous and character-filled clash with the Storm last weekend.
While Melbourne still got away with the win, the Titans produced their best football since their Round 13 win over the Broncos, with better enterprise in attack and a lift in their defensive desperation and desire keeping them within touching distance of the premiership favourites.
Wallace said the playing group had not been immune to the public criticism of the Titans’ performance this season, and while it was now too late to salvage the 2019 season, he was confident the Gold Coast would be back on track under new coach Justin Holbrook next year.
“It has been one of the hardest years, not just for myself, but for everyone – right through from coaching staff to the players,” Wallace said.
“I know the boys have been battling to get through all the media, social media, people that have been giving us grief. You try to block that out and get on with playing footy.
“You can obviously see we have the potential of a good side here, and we have shown that under Hodgo (Craig Hodges) over the last four or five weeks. We have really played some good footy.
“I think with a good pre-season under our belt, a new structure maybe and to keep building the culture that the boys have been building for the past four or five weeks, we will come back a bigger and better side next year.”