Gold Coast co-captain Greg Bird believes the knowledge of Neil Henry could be a deciding factor in the Titans’ NRL clash with North Queensland on Monday.
Titans assistant coach Henry is itching to come up against the club which axed him as their head coach last season, according to Bird, and his inside knowledge on the club’s players could give his new team an added edge.
“He’s given us a few tips on a lot of different players,” Bird said.
“It’s one thing knowing what they’re going to do and being able to stop it. That’s one thing you learn about playing against the Cowboys. They’re a pretty crafty side.
“I’m sure out of the coaching staff he’ll be the one that’s the most pumped up about going out and sticking it up them.”
The Titans were given a boost on Sunday with Aidan Sezer proving his fitness after missing last weekend’s win over Canberra due to a quad injury.
The five-eighth will line-up for the Titans with Anthony Don the other newcomer, coming into the wing for David Mead who has moved to fullback to replace the injured Will Zillman.
Titans coach John Cartwright said the Cowboys, with their international front row pair of James Tamou and Matt Scott as well as captain Johnathan Thurston, have all the ability to be one of the competition’s premier sides.
He said having Henry beside him in the coaching box wasn’t the simple fix to beating the Cowboys and it will take the players on the field to do the job.
“Everyone thinks there’s a magic secret in footy, there’s no magic secret,” he said.
“You train hard and you turn up ready to play.
“They’re not going to throw anything new at us … prepare yourself hard and come out ready to play.”
The Cowboys, coming off a shock loss at home to the Warriors last weekend, will be desperate to get a result against the Titans.
Cowboys coach Paul Green said the challenge would be making sure he balances his team’s preparation with rest during a long week.
“You’ve got to be careful you don’t overcook the boys and come game time they are flat from all the extra training,” Green said.
“We just have to make sure we get that right.”