The recovery from a sickening end to his first grade debut may be ongoing but Titans recruit Ashley Taylor insists he learnt enough to know he can play NRL.
Neck surgery on the Gold Coast saved his career, and now Zeb Taia is ready for one last crack at the NRL as one of the Titans' most experienced campaigners.
Having lived in the shadow of Jarrod Mullen and Kurt Gidley at Newcastle, Tyrone Roberts says he has come to the Gold Coast to be treated as an equal.
A host of new faces in the playing squad and an enhanced coaching staff has given the Gold Coast club a fresh feeling, according to forward Ryan James.
He missed the start of pre-season training, but a trip to England to watch his brother play in the Rugby World Cup final has inspired Luke Douglas.
Former Rabbitoh and roommate of Sam Burgess, James Roberts, backs the England international to lead South Sydney back to a premiership force.
Selection in the Indigenous All Stars team would go a long to completing James Roberts' transformation from wayward talent to rep star.
After a successful stint at South Sydney, strength and conditioning coach Sean Edwards is ready to administer some tough love at Gold Coast.
He may have been suffering from first-day nerves but Titans recruit David Shillington has declared he is ready to lead the Gold Coast out of the doldrums.
Familiar faces were few and far between as new signings, promoted under-20s rookies and returning Titans players took to the training paddock.