Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

TITANS STIRRING; Cellar-Dwellers on Verge of Rising from NRL Depths

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

TITANS STIRRING; Cellar-Dwellers on Verge of Rising from NRL Depths

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Byline: Greg Martin greg.martin@mydailynews.com.au

IN Greek mythology, the Titans were a race of powerful deities who ruled during the so-called Golden Age.

Could a new golden age be coming for the Gold Coast Titans as they head into the new National Rugby League season?

Last season the Titans had their worst year since entering the NRL, winding up with the proverbial wooden spoon which in turn stirred the club into initiating an astute recruitment drive during the off-season.

Injuries to key forwards which badly depleted the up-front firepower plus a distinct lack of attacking weaponry in the backs all contributed to coach, John Cartwright's aannus horribilisa.

But a visit last Monday to the Titans' first training run after a short yuletide season break and a browse through the player roster gives every indication the Titans will be a force in the 2012 competition a belying their rank outsider odds in betting markets.

The Titans are $34 to win the premiership, $11 to make the grand final and a nice juicy $3.25 to figure in the final eight.

Titans supporters are certain to snap up the $3.25 and also have a slash at the $34 for Gold Coast to hoist aloft the Provan-Summons Trophy come October.

The Titans really are huge a[approximately]overs' in all aspects of the betting markets a not that betting is the be-all-end-all of supporting a rugby league team.

There's just so much to like about Cartwright's 2012 squad.

The sun scorched down on Robina's Station Reserve last Monday when the Titans regrouped to get rid of the Christmas pud and begin the countdown to the start of the season.

The mercury hovered around the 34-degree mark throughout the 90-minute training session a crikey, the players did it tougher than Lawrence of Arabia when he crossed the desert to Aqaba. …

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