The Gold Coast Titans, beneficiaries of a recent good run of three consecutive wins, which unfortunately came on the heels of four straight losses, have been showing signs or rounding into form.
They have beaten top teams in the Cronulla Sharks and the Melbourne Storm and even though those two wins were by narrow margins, a win is a win once it is on the books.
They have been quietly assembling talent and even though they misfired in the attempt to lock Daly Cherry-Evans in for four years following the 2015 season with a $4 million contract, the Titans are taking steps to ensure that marquee man Ash Taylor never hits the market when he comes off contract at the end of the 2017 Telstra NRL Premiership competition.
Taylor could command big money and years, as he is just 22 years of age and could be the most in-demand halfback in the league, but the Titans are preemptively starting talks on monetary and tenure largesse that they will tweak during the next 23 weeks before the November 1 window opens for all opposing clubs that would desire to poach Taylor.
The Brisbane Broncos and Wayne Taylor let Ash Taylor slip through their fingers in 2015, an oversight they obviously now regret with the benefit of hindsight.