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Rein's Coast forecast uncertain but he's not the retiring type

Gold Coast veteran Mitch Rein isn't ready to retire but concedes his days at the club could be numbered with the recalled hooker yet to sort out his future beyond this season.

Rein will return for the crucial clash against the Dragons on Sunday after falling out of favour with Titans coach Justin Holbrook last month.  

An elbow injury to Erin Clark has opened the door for him to get back into the starting side and show the club and potential suitors what he can offer in 2022.

Rein, 31, is among four long-serving Titans players off contract with Ash Taylor, Tyrone Peachey and Anthony Don also unsigned for next season.

The 202-game veteran arrived on the Gold Coast in 2018 and has made 64 NRL appearances for the Titans after stints with St George Illawarra and Penrith.

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"I don't know if there's going to be something here for me [next year] so it will be a good chance for me to get out there and put my best foot forward," Rein said on Wednesday.

"I don't really [have any plans] at this stage. It's been a bit hard not being able to play in the last few weeks.

"It is what it is, you've just got to get on with it. My body is feeling awesome. I look after myself pretty well. I feel like I've got a lot to offer so am looking to keep playing on somewhere.

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"I've just got to have a good game on the weekend. That's the first step and make it happen.

"At the moment all options are on the table. If there's anything out there for me will have to be considered."

How the Titans finish the year could also dictate how the club handles the futures of several players with the side's inconsistency looking like it will cruel their finals chances.

After snapping a four-game losing streak last month with an impressive win over Canberra, they were undone by defensive lapses in their 26-8 loss to the Eels last start.

"It's one of the disappointing areas of our game," winger Corey Thompson said.

"We know we can score plenty of points but it's stopping tries that we're still trying to perfect.

"We showed against the Raiders we can defend and when we went down to 12 we scored points and stopped Canberra from scoring.

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"On the weekend we slipped back into those poor effort areas in defence.

"We're still a confident team and know what we're capable of. It might get a bit frustrating because we work so hard during the week.

"Some games we defend really well and other week's we let it slip and don't look like a defensive side at all. We're working hard with each other to be that defensive side."

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