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Hasler shares what Foran's return will bring to Titans

Titans coach Des Hasler has full faith Kieran Foran's inclusion will help in his side's quest to conquer the Bulldogs and notch up their first win of the season on Saturday.

A late scratching from the season opener due to a minor hamstring injury, the 282-game playmaker's return for the clash at Belmore is expected to give an added boost to the squad, strengthening the belief and conviction across the entire 17.

"It’s not just experience that he brings, but it’s confidence that he brings to the playing group," Hasler said.

"Players like Tom Weaver and Tanah Boyd are still learning and they gain a lot by having players like Kieran alongside him.

"[His slight injury] could’ve happened to anybody… it was just on the eve of kick-off. He could’ve played (in Round 1) at a stretch maybe, but this early in the season, it wasn’t worth the risk."

Having to wait the extra week to avenge the disappointing opening round result, Hasler knows he'll be expecting a tough game against his former side who are also chasing their first win of the season. 

"I know the playing group would’ve preferred to play last week after the first outing so they’re very keen to respond and make amends," he said.

"There were corresponding reasons for [the performance] and we know we are better than that, so they’ll be keen to make up for it.

"I think they know it wasn’t our best game by any stretch and they’ll want to play better and fulfil the standard that we know we’re capable of playing at.

"We're playing a Canterbury side at Belmore who I’ve been pretty impressed with. They’ve played some really good footy and been in games.

"It’s their first home game at Belmore so it'll be a pretty good spectacle on Saturday afternoon."

The Titans coach will join five of his players as those who have experienced the Bulldogs' home ground previously after six seasons as head coach between 2012-2017.

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