Gold Coast coach Garth Brennan insists the second-last placed Titans just need a change of fortune to pull off an NRL season turnaround just like Newcastle.
Down but not out, Gold Coast coach Garth Brennan insists the second-last Titans just need a change of fortune to pull off an NRL season turnaround just like Newcastle.
And it seems their luck is changing.
Veteran back-rower Kevin Proctor has been cleared of a fractured eye socket a week early while ex-NSW utility Tyrone Peachey is set to overcome a pectoral complaint ahead of Saturday's home clash with Manly.
The Titans needed some cheering up after losing six of their past eight games, albeit the last four by single digits.
The Gold Coast are also trying to avoid four straight home defeats for the first time since 2014.
Yet Brennan was confident the Gold Coast could follow Newcastle's lead and launch a finals bid starting against the Sea Eagles.
The Titans have won the last three games against Manly, encouraging Brennan that they could spark a top eight tilt like the fifth-placed Knights who had their six-game winning streak snapped just last round by Melbourne.
"We have been so close in so many games so the motivation is easy," Brennan said.
"They are still very driven and the competition is still so very close.
"And we saw Newcastle a couple of months ago when they were down in the bottom and now they have gone on a run and are near the top four.
"We've been in every game but haven't been able to get the luck go our way at times.
"However, we are not far away so that is what is motivating the boys."
The return of Kiwis international Proctor has also provided the Titans a shot in the arm ahead of their round 15 clash.
While the Gold Coast are still without Queensland prop Jai Arrow (ankle), Brennan said Proctor would return seven days earlier than expected, relegating Will Matthews to the bench.
"Kevin gives us that experience that we need in our pack at times, especially with not having Jai Arrow available," Brennan said.
"Having someone like Kevin coming back is important."
However, Brennan revealed veteran fullback Michael Gordon was still no closer to a return as he recovers from a blood clot in his leg.
"He is still facing another fortnight at least of medication before he consults his specialist (about a return)," he said.