Hurrell's self-reflection ahead of facing Warriors
Gold Coast centre Konrad Hurrell takes on his former Warriors teammates on Sunday believing his banishment to the Intrust Super Cup mid-season was a "positive" that taught him not to take his standing in the NRL for granted.
It's been another dose of self-reflection for Hurrell, who was released by the Warriors to join the Titans in May 2016 after being shunned by then coach Andrew McFadden.
In the end the Tongan Test centre has become a massive cult figure with the Titans fans.
He had experienced no direction but upwards since the 2016 move until May this year, when a series of errors led to him being dropped for Brenko Lee after round eight.
Rather than sulk, when relegated to the Tweed Heads Seagulls, he took it as a chance to work hard with part-time players who would have given anything to be in his position as an NRL player.
Ultimately, it gave him a new perspective on his career.
"For some people it can be negative to go down but I took it in a positive way," Hurrell said.
"Tweed is a great club who looked after me. The boys there could have been jealous of us [Titans- contracted players] getting to just one training session and getting a spot in the team. But they looked after me and really encouraged me.
"After training they'd always ask what they could help with in my game. It was great to have them trying to help push me back to the top.
"They haven't even cracked NRL and they're asking if I need help.
"I'm humble enough to go down and train hard with them and feed off them and not take anything for granted. It was a learning curve for me.
"It helped be positive within myself and I'm thankful to them."
Hurrell played four games with the Seagulls, who won each one of them. During that period he was recalled for one match for the Titans, on the wing against Sydney Roosters because of injury, then returned in round 17 off the bench as a forward.
It was only Dale Copley's season-ending hamstring injury in round 17 that has brought him back into the Titans back line, where he has tried to simplify his game and not be over-exuberant.
Often he coughed up the ball when running it out of his own end through trying to hard carry through the line and get a quick play-the-ball. He says he's learned that lesson and will put no extra emphasis on taking on his old club at Cbus Super Stadium on Sunday.
This will be the third time he has played against the Warriors out of the five successive losses the Titans have had against his Kiwi-based mates since his relocation.
"It's pretty sad to see Dale Copley out for the year but it's another opportunity for me," Hurrell said.
"It hasn't been a good year for myself performance-wise but I am taking the opportunity, just training hard and coming to game day well prepared and taking it game by game and not complicating things too much.
"I have to get involved more in the game and not clock of sometimes. I need to get into my carries and make my tackles.
"It's just another game [against the Warriors]. I'm in my third season here now. We need to win, especially at home. In the past when I was trying too hard and everything would go bizarre and not go my way."