Titans ambassador Gorden Tallis has made the stunning admission that he is “part of the problem” at the embattled club.
The Gold Coast is anchored at the bottom of the ladder and is reportedly considering firing coach Justin Holbrook their embarrassing loss of the knights.
The Titans played finals last season, but have now lost six consecutive games, winning just one of their last 12 games.
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Tallis is not paid by the club, but the Premiership-winning Broncos legend still took some blame for how they perform.
“The guys who made it to eight (last season), I thought there was an opportunity for those guys to have a really good preseason, get some faith and build on that and take it one step further, it didn’t work that way and we won three games,” Tallis told Triple M.
“And in a results-oriented company, that’s not good enough, so who are you looking at? You know what, I look at myself in a lot of these things. Can I help? I’m not sure, but have I been exercising? Only twice.
“I went and really spent the day with David Fifta and Tino and those guys, walk to practice and help out.
“I am part of the problem, not the solution. So I’m really disappointed. I like to win and I’m a bad loser. I’m really a bad loser. You saw me lose in Origin, I don’t like losing.”
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Titans skipper Tino Fa’asuamaleaui plays his heart out every week, but is regularly let down by his teammates.
Holbrook promised to wave the ax after Newcastle’s loss and Tallis said he sympathized with the players who are working hard.
“I really feel sorry for Tino and some of the guys who put their heart and soul into it,” he said.
“And I feel sorry for the owners, but together we all have to fix what’s wrong there. Do I know the answers? All? No. But I do know a few.
“I don’t think we look fit to play 40 minutes when it’s 80 minutes. Every time I went to practice I prepped for 80 minutes of footy and I don’t think we’ve been that way. †
Tallis stressed that the club must find its DNA and stick to it.
“I want us to stand for something. In life you want to stand for something. Looking at (former NRL player) James Graham and his career, I knew what he stood for,” he said.
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“I can’t be fired because they don’t pay me, I’m doing it for free so they can move me at any time, but I’d just like to see the club stand for something and I think we’ll really have a look at that in the off-season and make sure that we stand for something as a club.
“It’s an honest club with a lot of integrity, but I would really like us to be a hard-working club that wins football matches.
“The squad is better than where they are in the league.
“I can never take the hat off the Broncos because if we didn’t win a game we would be losers. I remember Brisbane finished third and got knocked out a game before the final and they sacked Kerrod Walters, Michael Hancock all these guys because they didn’t get the job done.
“If you want to compete and win a league, that (approach) is what I’m going to look at.”
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