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Finals out of reach, but still plenty to play for says Stimson

Finals may be a challenge a little too far fetched now for the Titans with only four games left, but Joe Stimson still has plenty of motivation for the final month of the regular season.

With incoming coach Des Hasler watching from afar, the 104-gamer knows their run home is still vitally important as they continue to build and look to change the DNA to become a more tougher and gritty footy team.

"It's definitely disappointing we can't make finals, but we're really looking forward to finishing the season off strong for our members and fans and just get a bit of momentum for next year," Stimson said.

"It's been one of our biggest focus points and I think that showed with our resilience shown on the weekend. We had 12 men but we still fought to get our job done and pretty much only got beaten in the last 10 minutes.

"I think it's important we just show up for each other and knowing that we have the confidence to get in the grind with other teams and come out the other side with the W."

The 27-year-old has proven to be a handy pickup for the Titans in his first season on the Gold Coast, having played in all but one game this year - something Stimson has enjoyed in 2023, especially the increased time on the field compared to his previous stint at the Bulldogs.

"It's probably been a bit surprising, but I've really enjoyed my time playing big minutes," he said.

"I probably haven't played big minutes since my time in Melbourne, so I'm enjoying that and the more the merrier for me."

Heading to Sydney to face the Sharks who found form again in their clash over in Western Australia last week, the Titans back-rower and his teammates are hoping to be a nuisance for teams in the final four rounds, starting with the two points this Friday night.

"They've certainly found some form in Perth, so it's going to be a good challenge for us and we've got to bring our A game to beat them," Stimson said.

"We probably can't make finals now, but we can sure make it hard for everyone else, so if we can get a few wins at the backend of the year, it'll be nice."

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