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'Just enjoy it': The simple advice from Camp Maroon hoping to spark season revival

After spending time away in the victorious Queensland Maroons camp, Gold Coast Titans skipper Tino Fa'asuamaleaui brought back one piece of simple, but sound advice to get his troops fired up for the back end of the season... just have fun.

That's the message Toby Sexton will be honing in on when running out against the Bulldogs this Sunday afternoon, as the young half aims up to help steer his side to a much-welcomed victory in Sydney.

"I think the biggest thing he brought back when he came back to the club was just trying to enjoy our football again," Sexton revealed.

"I think we are at times, putting a lot of pressure on ourselves given the position on the ladder that we're in.

"He just said... 'why do you play footy when you're a little kid?

"It's because you enjoy playing footy and it's about playing with your mates.

"I think that's the biggest thing he's taken out of it."

Loving to kick the footy as a little tacker playing for the Currumbin Eagles, there will be plenty more of that from the 21-year-old playmaker this weekend after a deft-placed kick played a big part in Tanah Boyd's four-pointer and three grubbers led to repeat sets to get within fingertips of knocking off the Broncos at the weekend. 

The Titans No. 7 was also given back kicking duties to add the extra two points to which he slotted a perfect two from two - the confidence coming from a rugby league legend who still very much has an influence on the playing group.

"After speaking with Mal (Meninga), I think the big thing to take out of it is that I just have to focus on my strengths and I think my kicking game is one of my strengths.

"I've put a lot of time and effort into that and I think that's been Justin's main message as well, just trying to get my kicking game and my defence right.

"If I can do that, then I'm doing my part in the team."

One of his harshest critics himself on how he's gone in his first full year as an NRL halfback, Sexton admits he has learned plenty, allowing him to identify what he needs to continually work on, which has showed in recent weeks - especially with the increased number of times the ball is in the young playmakers hands.

"I'm a pretty tough judge myself to be honest and I've had probably too many games where I haven't been up to standard, but I guess that's just part of the being in the NRL. It's the toughest learning arena you can play in and I'm learning a lot of lessons early in my career, which is only going to help me move forward," Sexton said.

"I think having that aggressive mindset is probably the biggest thing for me. I think at times, I've been sitting behind the play and trying to catch up on games at times and that's when I haven't been performing well.

"I feel like lately, I've been getting my hands on the footy a lot more and it's definitely helping a lot."

Whilst pundits have the Gold Coast as the outsiders for the upcoming Round 19 clash against Canterbury, there is an air of confidence amongst Titans HQ this week that the side can get their first win outside of Queensland this season.

"If we go off last week's effort, there's plenty of positives to take out of that," Sexton said.

"We're a really young squad and if we are able to string long periods together in games, we have shown we can come up against the best of sides, so I'd say I think it's just a matter of playing for the entire 80 minutes... it's as simple as that."

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.