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Business as usual for Hasler despite upcoming former club battle

Des Hasler firmly believes possession is key to the Titans notching up their first victory against his former side at Cbus Super Stadium on Saturday night.

Yet to win a ball percentage battle in the Gold Coast's first five rounds with an average of 45 percent across the start of the season, the experienced mentor says that has continued to be the focus at training, moving on from a tough highly-publicised finish against the Raiders last Sunday.

"It is what is against Canberra... you have to take the bad with the good," Hasler said.

"I’ve been on the record a couple of times with what we need to address, particularly around how the game is being played at the moment and the way the game is being won.

"At the moment is based around possession and we haven’t been good at that."

In what will be Hasler's first meeting against the club he's won four premierships at - two as a player and two as a coach - it's something he is hoping to replicate on the Gold Coast after his great success on the Northern Beaches.

"I have fond memories of that and it's something that you’ll always cherish for a long time," he said.

"It's also something you look back and remember the experience, but I’m pretty excited about the prospects here at the Titans.

"We are moving towards that venture and that’s our aim to first of all make the Titans club very competitive, and then we’ll build from there."

Ahead of what is anticipated to be a highly-anticipated clash between past and present after a combined 24 seasons at Brookvale, the 463-game coach doesn't want this week to have any extra significance despite the occasion, with his new side still searching for their first win of the season.

"If you look at the way we’ve started, a win is the biggest meaning for us," Hasler said.

"Manly have been playing pretty good footy. They’re pretty consistent.

"They’ve got genuine threats across the park so probably for us, the concentration for us is still on what we can control and what we need to do better as a team.

"Believe it or not, we took a lot out of last week and if you’re a footy tragic when you break it down, they’re a good side (the Sea Eagles)."

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.