Titans spooked by new NRL coach: Peats

Dec 13, 2017 - 4:30 PM Gold Coast hooker Nathan Peats says a Big Brother-style fear instilled by new coach Garth Brennan is keeping his teammates on their best NRL preseason behaviour.

The NSW State of Origin talent was a big supporter of the axed Neil Henry, but has taken a liking to Brennan's unpredictable regimen that has included beach fitness and trampolining sessions.

Peats has taken it upon himself to be a vocal presence on the training paddock, but says there has been no need for further discipline under the new mentor.

"We start training at 6.30am, but everyone's here by 6 and the coaches have their offices above the gym so they can see who's coming in early," Peats said.

"I think everyone's just scared with a new coach; you want to set a good example and show your coach that you're keen."

"Everyone's been a bit spooked out."

The 27-year-old will resume contact training after Christmas after a shoulder injury cut his 2017 season short.

"It's been a tough preseason, but it's been enjoyable; he's (Brennan) got a fresh take on everything and everyone's buying into it," Peats said.

Noting the lack of experience in the side, Peats endorsed the signing of former Parramatta teammate Michael Gordon.

"Him and Kevvy (Kevin Proctor), he's been around for a number of years and played at some top clubs," Peats said of 225-game veteran Gordon.

"I played with him at Parra, so I know how much of a leader he is on the field."

But he said his own displays of on-field leadership have not been a play for the captaincy, given Brennan has declared the position up for grabs when he started in the job.

Incumbent Ryan James remains in the frame to retain his post, with Proctor and Gordon also likely to assume leadership roles next season.

"That's just me being me; I've been like that the last couple of years and with a really young squad (it's important to remain vocal)," Peats said.

Source: AAP

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