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Randall ready to put chink in former club's armour

If the Titans need an insight into how the Knights will be preparing for Sunday's clash, they need turn no further than hooker Chris Randall.

The rake spent five years in Newcastle, making his NRL debut at the club before moving to the Gold Coast in the off-season.

Randall has proved an important addition to the Titans squad, with the number nine stringing a run of strong performance together for his new club.

He says coming up against his old club will be exciting, but he is determined to not let the homecoming of sorts become a distraction.

"It's (moving to the Gold Coast) been the best change ever, but it will be good to go back there (to Newcastle) and get the job done on them and get the two points," Randall said.

"I got pretty close with all of the boys as I was there for five years, so it'll be good to go up against them and I'm sure there will be a few comments from some of the boys.

"Newcastle will be pretty keen to bounce back after what was a pretty tough game for them against the Eels and they've had the week off.

"They're going to be up for it, so we are going to be in for a tough game.

"They've had the bye to freshen up as well and Sunday arvo they'll be coming pretty hard.

"I'll have all of my friends and family there ... but I'll be working hard to get the job done.

"It's just like any other game for me, I'll put the emotion aside and prepare like I would for any other game or any other week."

Randall has played in all but one of the Titans fixtures in 2023 and has found form after playing extended minutes over the opening two months of the season.

"With the injury to (Sam) Verrills it has pushed me in and I've got some decent minutes under my belt ... it's been good to get a good run in first grade," he said.

"Me starting, I've enjoyed that and I'll continue to do that hopefully and then when Verrills comes back we will reassess, and I'll do whatever is best for the team.

"We are on a little bit of a run at the moment so hopefully we can just keep our heads down and keep playing good footy.

"It's nice to get a couple of wins on the board and play good footy as a team ... I'm just worried about week to week.

"Obviously we want to be more consistent and getting a few wins on the board consecutively is being consistent."

Randall expects the two forward packs to have a massive say in the outcome of the game, calling out his front row for their strong performances in recent weeks as a reason for the Titans success.

"Our boys, our middles have been on fire and up against the Safs (Daniel and Jacob Saifiti) .. it's going to be a good one," he said.

"Moey (Fotuaika) has been massive, our whole forward pack has, but especially our starters that have been playing some big minutes and getting through a lot of work and being very effective.

"That is setting up our games and they're just going to keep doing that for us and that is their job."

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.