Henry has transformed the Titans: Bennett
Wayne Bennett has praised Gold Coast coach Neil Henry for turning the Titans' fortunes around and helping the team qualify for their first finals campaign since 2010.
Despite his team starting the season as wooden spoon favourites, Henry has instilled belief into his players and the rewards have followed.
Once seen as a club that struggled to attract big-name signings, the Titans secured three huge mid-season recruits that have helped catapult them into the top eight, with Jarryd Hayne, Konrad Hurrell and Nathan Peats all joining the club in 2016.
Bennett is of the belief that Gold Coast's season is already a success no matter what happens in Friday night's elimination final between the two sides at Suncorp Stadium.
"One of the best things I've seen this season is the size of the crowds they are getting to their games. I hate seeing an empty stadium down there," Bennett said.
"Everyone down there has done a really good job.
"Graham Annesley and Neil Henry have transformed that club.
"They've given the side some confidence and belief, and now we are seeing the results that come with that.
"It's all been really great for rugby league on the coast."
A big part of the Titans' resurgence has been the signing of young gun Ashley Taylor from the Broncos.
Taylor moved to the Gold Coast at the end of the 2015 season to chase a greater first grade opportunity and he has been rewarded.
His outstanding work at halfback this season sees him in contention for the Dally M Rookie of the Year award, and a win against Brisbane on Friday would cap off a stellar season.
The pressure will be on as he runs out in first NRL final, but Bennett said the young half would be able to handle it.
"Ash is a really good kid," he said.
"He's played some finals when he was at our club. They were a bit different because they were under-20s but he still handled it well.
"It's a big occasion that he'll rise to. You always want to play well against your old club."
The Broncos are ready for the occasion and are itching to put together a successful finals campaign.
Confidence is sky high in the team after five consecutive wins that included victories over the Melbourne Storm and the Canterbury Bulldogs.
A huge crowd is expected at Lang Park for Brisbane's last home game of the year and the Broncos don't want to disappoint.
"We're ready. We're in good form and we're confident," Bennett said.
"We are playing good football and we are fit and ready to go.
"I'm happy we have some momentum going into such a big game."
Brisbane will be without rookie centre Tom Opacic for Friday's clash after the 21-year-old failed a fitness test on Thursday.
It means Jonus Pearson will come onto the Broncos' right wing, with New Zealand international Jordan Kahu to start at left centre.
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