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Spine revival hoping to spark return to form

Whilst Titans coach Justin Holbrook has been forced to make five changes ahead of Saturday's challenge against the Dragons, there are some very handy inclusions in the new recruits coming in.

Particularly electrifying fullback Jayden Campbell, who has overcome a rib cartilage injury to be ready to go to return to the No. 1 jumper and help create plenty of spark in the Gold Coast's attack.

The 22-year-old will link up with fellow halves pairing AJ Brimson and Toby Sexton for the contest, allowing the band to get back together to refocus on rejuvenating the club's finals hopes after spending the entire pre-season building that combination.

"We spent all pre-season with Jayden Campbell, AJ and Toby as the as the spine and we've only played one and a half (fully-fit) games with them out of nine, so that's hurt us," Holbrook said.

"It's good to know that we can get back to what we've practiced all pre-season this week."

'It's good to know we'll get back to what we've practiced all pre-season' - Holbrook

Coming back via a two-week stint in the Hostplus Cup for Tweed to ensure his body is right, the Titans mentor has no qualms in the young gun being ready again for the physical rigours of the NRL.

"He's obviously been running in the second side the last couple of weeks and just like we did last year, we've really tried to get stuck into him and he handles that fine," Holbrook said.

"He only got three games in the start of this year and halfway through that third one, he actually picked up that injury and I think that's probably when we've played our best footy, the first couple of rounds.

"He's just got to come back in and do that again and it gives us our best chance this weekend."

After a lengthy review of the tough loss against the Roosters, the coach is hoping for an attitude turnaround, reflecting back on the grit and determination showed against the table topping Panthers a week earlier.

"I think we just need to go back to what we had the week before against Penrith... a really committed side that was going to do everything they could to win a game of footy," Holbrook said.

"I don't think we saw that last week and that's the most disappointing thing for me as a coach and the playing group are disappointed as well.

"I thought the Roosters just had a lot more urgency than we did and that's unacceptable.

"We got to fix that up this week and get that right."

Coming close to a number of the big sides, Holbrook is hoping he can draw inspiration from those tight results and the performances in those games.

"There's been different reasons [for the losses]. I think last weekend and against the Cowboys, we got beaten off effort and enthusiasm and all the others, I think a little bit of experience hurt us against those big teams.

"We pushed Penrith and Parramatta a few times and that would have been nice just to get over the line, but we've fallen just short.

"We've got to get back to the way we approach those games and start getting the wins."

The squad is hoping to show plenty of effort and enthusiasm to get back in the winner's circle this Saturday against the Dragons at Suncorp Stadium.

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