New Gold Coast Titans players
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Durable goods

LUKE Douglas has a small confession to make.

"I was a bit nervous at first moving up to the Gold Coast to play with the Titans but with Boog (Anthony Don) and Birdy (Greg Bird) it has made it a lot easier," Douglas said.

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The former Sharks hardman signed a three-year deal with the Titans earlier this year and will team up with Bird and Don at the Gold Coast glamour club for the 2012 NRL season.

"I grew up with Boog and his brother and we used to hang around together," Douglas revealed.

"Boog's done very well to get this far. He didn't start playing league until late, but made a name for himself after Uni.

"He'll be all right once he gets to know the players and who knows, he might get a start.

"The Titans have plenty of quality outside backs but he might get an opportunity through injuries and hard work."

Douglas has established a reputation as one of the most durable front-rowers in the NRL having played a remarkable 146 consecutive games.

But for the 25-year-old no-nonsense forward, playing against his old club next season may take some getting used to.

"It will certainly be a strange feeling playing against my former teammates," Douglas admitted.

"I've already checked the draw for next season and they (Sharks) don't come up here.

"We play them down there at Shark Park and I'm sure it will be interesting running out in a Titans jumper.

"I moved there after school and played my first season in 2006 and have a lot of friends in the Shire.

"I thought at first I would be playing my whole career with the Sharks but made the move to the Gold Coast. It wasn't easy, but if I didn't I may have regretted the decision later on."

Douglas admitted the training facilities at the Titans were first-class and he was enjoying pre-season training under head coach John Cartwright.

"They have a fantastic set-up at the Titans although the training is similar to the Sharks," he said.

"The facilities are awesome, especially the Centre of Excellence."

Born in Yamba, Douglas had no choice but to take a shining to the wonderful beaches the seaside hamlet has to offer.

And with his parents returning after a stint in the Shire it's the perfect place to chill out away from the rigours of rugby league

"I get back to Yamba when I get the chance," he said.

"I came back to Yamba a couple of weekends ago and did a bit of fishing and just relaxed. My parents are also back there now which is great.

"I'm actually crashing at Alyce Bennett's (current Nutri-Grain Ironwoman) place at the moment until I find a house. I grew up with Alyce as well."