Growing up in the Sutherland Shire, a young Luke Douglas would have given anything for his beloved Cronulla to be atop the NRL ladder on the back of 15-straight victories.
On Monday, Douglas will be doing all he can to end the winning streak of his boyhood team.
Now a Gold Coast boy, Douglas and the Titans are itching to prove their finals credentials against a Sharks team that has swept all before them since late March.
“You want to be taking on these good teams to see if you’re ready, to see if you can match it with the best,” Douglas told AAP.
“It’d be great to be the ones to end the streak.”
While the Sharks’ run has garnered all the headlines, the Titans are in some impressive form of their own.
After a five-match losing run culminated in a 38-0 thrashing by Melbourne at Robina in May, the Titans have won six of their past nine to lift themselves into the top eight.
The mid-season additions of hooker Nathan Peats and wrecking-ball centre Konrad Hurrell have boosted the club while young halfback Ashley Taylor has exceeded all expectations in his first season at the Titans.
Douglas, who made 146 appearances for the Sharks before moving to the Titans ahead of the 2012 season, says he’s delighted to see his old club doing so well.
He says there’s similarities between both teams in terms of excitement and is eagerly awaiting Monday’s clash.
“They’ve got a lot of confidence and a lot of guys who are in red-hot form,” Douglas said.
“We’re building as well. We’re slowly getting a bit of strike power across the paddock with the inclusion of a couple of new blokes.
“We’re just playing to our strengths … I’m hanging out for Monday night, think we can give them a good clash.”