Titans hooker Nathan Friend believes he might have played on in 2017 if not for the mid-season arrival of Nathan Peats from the Eels.
The results, injuries, judiciary news and talking points from the weekend's NRL matches.
He has spent the past 15 years bringing down towering forwards in one of sport's toughest arenas but now Nathan Friend has set his sights on a bigger task.
Titans back-rower Zeb Taia has told NRL.com that he struggled mentally with the shift into the centres midway through the first half against Canberra.
Josh Papalii entering realms of rugby league elite, highs and lows of Dally M contenders, Titans won't look overseas for help and Ricky Stuart defends Bird.
The Canberra Raiders have beaten the Gold Coast Titans to move within one point of the NRL Telstra Premiership top four.
The Titans and Raiders have named their final teams for Sunday's clash at Cbus Super Stadium.
They weren't meant to start in the halves together but a strong off-field bond has seen Ash Taylor and Tyrone Roberts flourish on the field in 2016.
Aidan Sezer goes up against his former club, with the Titans having already enjoyed one surprise win over the Green Machine this season.
After experiencing a ruck move from the Rabbitohs first hand in a trial, the Titans duplicated the play to great effect for a rare Luke Douglas four-pointer.