Gold Coast forward Sam Stone says a culture of working hard for each other and strong defence is needed for the Club to climb out of the premiership cellar.

The Titans have the unwanted record of having the worst defence in the NRL, and the Gold Coast players recognise that keeping their line intact with better defensive structures will be a big part of their off-season preparations for 2020.

“You need to build a good culture of working hard for each other,” Stone said.

“Training and attitude is a lot of it as well.

“We have seen some improvement on that but we need to build on it.”

With one game to go in season 2019, there is not much left to salvage from a disappointing year, but Stone says the team’s defensive mindset against the Dragons on Saturday night will help shape their preparation work for next year.

“All the hard work and everything gets done in the pre-season,” he said. “We’ll need to work hard towards that next year.

“Obviously pre-seasons are always tough, but I think this one will be one that will be exciting to go into because there is a lot of improvement there.”

Stone and his fellow Titans take on the Dragons at Cbus Super Stadium this Saturday night and while the Dragons won’t be playing finals football, the back-rower knows they will want to finish their season strongly.

“On paper they are a really good team and they have probably underachieved a bit,” Stone said.

“They are still a very good team and we’ll need to work hard.

“We want to give the fans something to cheer about. It’s the last game and we want to go out there and put our best foot forward.”