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Foxx on the run: Youngsters unite to challenge NRL's fastest wingers

As Alofiana Khan-Pereira nears an anticipated Round 1 debut, could the Titans be about to unleash the fastest wing combination in the NRL?

That's the question on everyone's lips with the whirling whizkid named to play in this Sunday's major trial against the Dolphins - the final dress rehearsal ahead of the season proper kicking off in just under three weeks.

Scoring a double in his first taste of top grade action over the weekend against the Broncos, the 21-year-old's re-selection can only suggest he will partner young star Jojo Fifita on the flanks to form one of the most lethal and speedy pairings in the competition.

The duo currently sit just behind the Bulldogs' Josh Addo-Carr who was the fastest man in the game in 2022 at 38.7km/h - clocked against the Titans in Round 19; whilst Fifita also set a record with 36.9km/h in the same game chasing down the Foxx, with Khan-Pereira not far behind him at 36.5km/h.

"Jojo definitely has speed and he's actually caught me a couple of times," he admitted.

"[Whether I play Round 1] is still definitely up in air. There's a lot of good boys really pushing for that spot, but it'll be awesome if I get to play with him."

Khan-Pereira brings Titans closer

Scoring 25 tries in 19 appearances for the Burleigh Bears last season, the Gold Coast rookie added another try-scoring double to his tally in Sunday night's derby; although it was a tale of two halves for the reigning Hostplus Cup winger of the year, who admits he had a shaky start due to the nerves of his introduction to the NRL.

"It was a good hit-out and great to be able to play with the boys," Khan-Pereira said.

"We didn't get the win but gave me a few things to work on because it wasn't my best performance on the weekend and I was definitely nervous in that first half.

"I had a chat with a couple of my family members and they said the exact same thing.

"When I got on the field, I just needed something good to happen to me and then it was game on."

'It was a good hit-out with the boys': Khan-Pereira

That happened to be the two tries to steer the Titans to a 24-24 draw, and with another chance to get more NRL experience this weekend, the Gold Coast junior is ready should he be given the news that his dream will come true.

"I'll be sweet to play... it's just up to Justin as to whether he wants to play me," Khan-Pereira said.

"I just need a couple more games under my belt first... a couple more trial matches and I should be sweet."

Khan-Pereira sneaks one into the corner

Although tight-lipped about whether Khan-Pereira will be given the nod for the season opener, Titans coach Justin Holbrook has been impressed with the youngster's efforts during the pre-season, leaving the door ajar for a possible inclusion come Round 1.

"Lofi is doing really well this pre-season. He's really knuckled down as all the boys have, but in particular, he has really got his professionalism up to speed now," he said in late January.

"With Brian Kelly missing the first coupe of games through suspension, there's going to be an opportunity there for someone there that may not have been."

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