Myles to open talks with Titans
It may just be the new faces or the different training facilities but Gold Coast captain elect Nate Myles insists the Titans are in a good transitional phase, and he wants to be part of it beyond 2015.
With his contract at the club due to expire at the end of this season, Myles and his management will begin talks with the Titans hierarchy next week in an endeavour to extend his stay on the Gold Coast beyond four years.
As the club enters a new phase in the aftermath of the John Cartwright-Michael Searle era that delivered an NRL club back to the Gold Coast but also the ill-fated Centre of Excellence, a player of Myles's standing would appear to be a priority signing.
And while the 29-year-old is eager to re-establish the Titans as a finals threat he jokingly added that the club may have different ideas.
"I'd dare say the club thinks I'm getting old and fragile but I'm feeling good," Myles told NRL.com.
"There's no doubt the club's in a good transition. The club as a whole is so different now... It could just even be my narrow mind thinking that just because we've changed training facilities the club's changing but it feels a lot different.
"It's a different club with a whole different crew here, obviously the coaching staff and all that's different, but it's a good place at the moment and I'm really enjoying it."
After six weeks of the 2014 season the Titans were one of the competition front-runners but soon spiralled out of control both on and off the field, twice registering record-equalling six-game losing streaks that eventually saw Cartwright and Searle both relinquish their roles in the football department, roles they had held since the club's inception in 2007.
As the Titans prepared for what would be Cartwright's final game in charge in Round 22, Myles gave the playing group a severe dressing down on the training paddock but said he never questioned their commitment to the cause.
"You can always run harder, you can always catch a ball but once you start doing those things where you're not running hard or catching every ball that you should be, I think that's a matter of not having your head in the right place," Myles said.
"I think we probably addressed that at that time, the fact that we could all do a lot more in regards to training and taking it onto the field.
"Our attitude towards effort was probably the one thing that kept us all going. No one ever gave up; I think it was just our attitude towards football and playing smart and playing the type of football that would help the people around you, that was probably at a minimum at a lot of stages for us."
The Titans have not been sighted in September football since they were defeated by the Roosters in the Preliminary Final of 2010, a game in which Myles was a member of the opposition.
Twelve months later he had signed to move to the Gold Coast and he admitted that the current team needs to return to the style of football that made the Titans so competitive in their early seasons.
"My thoughts on the Titans were that they were always physical, they were always fast and played that type of footy and I think we need to get back to that for sure," said Myles, who was awarded the Ron McAuliffe Medal as Queensland's best player of the 2014 Origin Series during the off-season.
"I've always had the highest thoughts and images of the Titans and I still do. I think it's a fantastic club and I've said it from the start, it's the third club I've been at and it's easily the most involved in terms of community work.
"I'll never forget the day where they put down the promo paper and they don't even tell players that they're going, they put it down as a voluntary option and it would just get filled up and guys would go and do it.
"That shocked the shit out of me when I first came here because that just wasn't how I come through and did it all."