Preparations continued at Robina today for the Gold Coast Titans grand final qualifier at Lang Park next week,

With the week off, team members are confident of being close to full strength for the club’s historic clash.

Nicholas Bolton reports.

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It was a determined Titans outfit which hit the training paddock today, set to make the most of a longer preparation.

Having secured a direct route to week three of the finals, the Titans couldn’t be better placed to make a charge for the 2010 premiership.

Lock Ashley Harrison agrees his side has a golden opportunity.

Ashley Harrison, Titans Lock: “Last year we played finals but were bundled out this week, so it’s a long time between drinks and you sort of realise that if you get this chance again you want to take it by both hands because you never know when you’ll get another shot.”

But said it was too early to be thinking about the match.

Ashley Harrison, Gold Coast Titans: “We’ve still got nine days or so before the game so I’m sure as it gets closer it’ll start to sink in how special it would be to take that next step.”

The Coach warning that come game day, the week off means nothing.

John Cartwright, Titans Coach: “I think from our point of view it’s been handy but I’m sure people are just going to judge us by our result On the weekend.”

Cartwright says it’s a matter of sticking to the game plan .

John Cartwright, Gold Coast Titans Coach: “You can’t change anything you know what we’ve been doing all year has got us here so there’s no magic solutions that are going to come out in the last two weeks.”

Scott Prince was absent from training whilst Mat Rogers was a spectator although neither are in any danger of missing next Friday’s preliminary final.

The squad will train again on Friday, before learning on Saturday night whether they’ll face the Penrith Panthers or Sydney Roosters for the right to progress to the season decider.

Nicholas Bolton QUT News.