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'Our end goal': Finals still front of mind for Titans

Finals is still not lost on the Gold Coast despite their tough start to the season with Des Hasler's men believing they have the potential to make a run to this year's playoffs.

Needing to win seven of their nine remaining games to finish the regular season with a 12-12 record and be in the mix for top-eight contention, it's a feat that hasn't be ruled out by the energetic playing group.

Especially young gun Keano Kini who is back again in the No. 1 jersey and eager to back-up their tough 20-16 Sharks victory with another two points at home against the Eels this Saturday.

"It’s something the boys have talked about and Des has spoken a lot about it too," he revealed.

"It’s obviously our end goal, so we are just focusing on one game at a time now... but if we can get on a roll, that’s the dream for us.

"I’m excited to be back home again and make it three on the trot.

"We haven’t done that in a long time.

"We’re trying to find some form with the boys and I think we’re starting to find that, so it’s good to be back home in front of our home crowd this weekend."

Not since 2021 has the Titans won three games in a row during the season and it's something the 20-year-old wants to change, taking confidence from defending their lead for the final 30 minutes against Cronulla in Coffs Harbour.

It was a proud win," Kini said.

"We needed back-to-back wins as we haven’t had that yet this season. Especially against a quality side like the Sharks, I’m really happy about it.

"We're feeling good and feeling confident each week. I’m excited and having fun out there."

Also adopting a defensive mindset the last time the Titans were at Cbus Super Stadium - dominating the Warriors to win 66-6 in Round 16 - it's a theme that has again been adopted by the Gold Coast coaching staff as they hope to down the Eels at home.

"I think that win (agains the Warriors) came off the back of our defence," Kini said.

"We focused on that against the Sharks.

"If we focus on our defence again this week, the attack will come."

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.