You have skipped the navigation, tab for page content
Lightning-quick Lofi in no rush to fast-track NRL debut

Fable has it Alofi'ana Khan-Pereira clocked 36.5 kilometres per hour playing Gold Coast A Grade in 2020.

Whether there's truth to the rumour or not... it's 100 percent fact he is lightning quick, and while many are calling for the speed demon to be unleashed in the NRL this season, the 20-year-old is in no rush to fast-track his opportunity to play on the big stage.

"To be honest, I’m in no rush to make the NRL, but that is the goal," Khan-Pereira said.

"I’d love to play NRL. But I’m in no rush. I’ll play wherever I am asked.

"I just want to give my 100 percent and give my all, wherever I play."

It's been reported Khan-Pereira hits speeds of 36.5 kilometres per hour in 2020.
It's been reported Khan-Pereira hits speeds of 36.5 kilometres per hour in 2020.

Promoted to the Titans' top 30 squad this season as a proud product of the Titans pathways system, the Burleigh junior is focussed on using 2022 to grow and capitalise on the experience around him after being given a taste with the club in the past few years.

"It’s exciting times [being promoted]. I’m just easing into it," Khan-Pereira said.

"I really just want to be a sponge and fill my year with plenty of learning and experience."

Playing in the lower grades for the Bears - particularly Mal Meninga Cup, Hastings Deering Colts and Gold Coast A Grade - has allowed the teen sensation to take plenty from each opportunity in the middle.

His time at Keebra Park SHS, winning the 2016 Schoolboy Cup alongside fellow Titans David Fifita and Tanah Boyd has also helped the accomplished winger develop into the class talent he is today.

"Honestly, every game you learn something," Khan-Pereira said.

"It’s a big step down from training here and then going and playing there, which some boys don’t really get the opportunity [to experience the lower grades].

"For me, I always like to take something off the field from what I did or something that I could have done better [when playing at that level].

"Every game, you have to learn something."

The 20-year-old has a terrific attitude towards his development.
The 20-year-old has a terrific attitude towards his development.

One of the biggest things the Queensland under 16 and 18 star has understood in recent weeks is the importance of doing more than the minimum in order to keep pushing himself to be the best player possible.

"I think [I've seen] how much extras count," Khan-Pereira said.

"Seeing Tubbsy (Corey Thompson) come in two weeks earlier really inspired me to work hard on the little things and on those little one percenters.

"Those extras really count.

"You can’t catch up when it’s finals footy and that, so it's important to come in earlier and get the hard yards done."

His level-headed attitude and mature approach to constantly improve at such a young age has really impressed senior figures at the Titans, and whilst he has declared he's not wanting to rush his chance to play NRL, he is hoping to make his debut for the Bears in the Queensland Cup this season.

Learning plenty at Titans pre-season training.
Learning plenty at Titans pre-season training.

"I’d love to play Cup this year, that would be awesome," Khan-Pereira said.

"Those boys [at Burleigh] are so encouraging. They always love to see you when you go back."

"They’re a bunch of good boys there."

Join our Legion today! Click here to secure your seat for 2022.

Acknowledgement of Country

Gold Coast Titans proudly acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are situated, the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh Language Region. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connections to the lands, waters and their extended communities throughout South East Queensland.