Despite picking up a nasty hand injury less than half an hour into his NRL debut, Titans-bound playmaker Ashley Taylor believes everything happens for a reason.
An off-season ban had Luke Douglas searching for motivation. But the Titans prop refocused and took out the club's best and fairest award for 2015.
Daniel Mortimer's ability to cover multiple positions for the Titans this year has led to a representative call-up with the Prime Minister's XIII.
Iron man Luke Douglas has won the Paul Broughton Medal as Gold Coast's best and fairest player for 2015.
In 2015 there were glimpses of a bright future ahead for Gold Coast, with a number of promising youngsters set to lead the club into 2016 and beyond.
It was largely mission accomplished for the Cowboys as they checked some critical boxes heading into finals, while Titans' Agnatius Paasi is a player to watch.
The North Queensland Cowboys warmed up for next week's finals clash with Brisbane by smashing the Gold Coast at 1300Smiles Stadium.
If they can shock the pundits and upset the Cowboys in Townsville on Saturday night, the Titans' young players will have learnt the NRL's harshest lesson.
The Gold Coast Titans have re-signed three of their most promising under-20s players until the end of the 2017 season.
According to fellow breakout star Jackson Hastings, Ashley Taylor and Kane Elgey can be the Titans' long-term halves ahead of Taylor's NRL debut for Brisbane.