Boyd to have big affect on Titans: Brennan

Matt Encarnacion

Gold Coast coach Garth Brennan insists the big signing of Shannon Boyd will grow - not stunt - the development of their promising forwards next NRL season.

The Titans enjoyed a fruitful week on the recruitment front, with Boyd's deal coming two days after Queensland forward Jarrod Wallace re-signed with the club on a long-term contract.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's NRL clash against Newcastle, Brennan was adamant Boyd's arrival next year won't stop the progress of the likes of Max King, Keegan Hipgrave and Moeaki Fotuaika.

"If anything, it helps it," Brennan told reporters on Friday.

"I've come through clubs where you develop young players and throw them into NRL, you've got to to have a good support network around them.

"You need to develop players into a side that's got some hard heads, some experienced players around them, to help them develop with their off-field stuff and teach them how to prepare properly for a game.

"It's a bit of an education, it's certainly not to block their pathway."

The Titans take on a Knights side who are deep into a rebuild of their own under Nathan Brown, and already experiencing some of the growing pains of a heavy recruitment drive.

Young prop Jacob Saifiti admitted he had taken a backseat after the club had lured a host of hardened forwards to the club over the summer, which resulted in his demotion to reserve grade last week.

Saifiti has been recalled to the bench this week, however he knows there's the challenge of competing for spots in a forward pack which will also be bolstered next season with the signing of Tim Glasby.

"Next year when guys like Tim - (coach Nathan Brown) said they're still looking for more middles - arrive, it puts more pressure on us to perform.

"If we're performing like this, next year we'll be back playing local grade. Obviously the pressure that he's got to put on us to compete for our spots hopefully makes us play better."

The 15th-placed Titans get key forward Jai Arrow back from injury, while Bryce Cartwright could be a late call-up after second-rower Kevin Proctor was been ruled out with a groin issue.

STATS THAT MATTER

* This match-up sees the worst two defensive teams in the competition up against each other, with the Titans conceding a league-high 26.7 points a game and the Knights giving up 26.1.

* The Knights are looking for their third straight away win for the first time since 2013.

* The Titans have conceded the first try in their past four matches, and in eight of 10 matches so far this season.