Gold Coast recruit Konrad Hurrell says he’s happy, fit and ready to fire the Titans into the NRL finals.
The Tongan wrecking ball has endured a stop-start time to his early days at the Titans after a mid-season switch from the Warriors.
A calf injury and an agreement in his deal that he wouldn’t face his old club in round 17 meant last Friday’s 32-12 win over St George Illawarra was Hurrell’s first full game for the Titans.
After being frozen out for most of the year at the Warriors, Hurrell says he’s been working hard to reach full fitness as the Titans chase a first finals berth since 2010.
“I’ve been getting flogged from the trainers, obviously they want me to be at my best,” Hurrell said.
“That’s why I moved to the club because Neil (Henry, coach) approached me and wanted to bring the best out of me. He’s already started to do it by asking the trainer to give it to me at training.
“I love it here and when I’m happy that’s when I play my best footy.”
The Titans begin a stretch of three straight home matches this Saturday when they host Parramatta.
The Eels defeated the Titans earlier this year in Darwin in what was Hurrell’s first match for his new club.
In his five seasons as an NRL player, Hurrell is yet to play a finals match but he believes the Titans will be a team no-one will want to face if they can make the eight.
“If we get a few wins in these home games, it will help us a lot to be in the finals,” he said.
“I reckon when we get to the finals teams will be a bit nervous playing against us.”