Gold Coast coach Garth Brennan has warned newly re-signed forward Keegan Hipgrave to rise above the baiting or expect a demotion to reserve grade.
The 21-year-old is tipped for big things and last week committed to a Titans side that will boast a pack full of representative forwards next season.
He has earned a reputation for his aggressive on-field ways and this week described himself a "controlled loose cannon".
Last month he became the first NRL player in 16 years to be sin-binned twice in one game, spending two stints off the field in his side's round 14 loss to South Sydney.
Brisbane's pack also got the better of him and, after conceding another ill-timed penalty in the weekend's loss to Newcastle, Brennan said he needed to stop being taken advantage of by opposition nigglers.
"He's got to be smarter than that, that's just being dumb," Brennan said.
"You're going to play against a lot of players that are very good at that (niggling).
"If you're going to bite every week then you're going to be spending a fair bit of time on the sideline and if you're doing that you're going to be spending a bit of time at (Queensland Cup feeder clubs) Tweed or Burleigh."
Meanwhile, out-of-favour recruit Bryce Cartwright is set to return for Tweed Heads after almost a month out following a broken hand.
Cartwright had been dropped by Brennan prior to the injury after a string of poor defensive efforts since moving from Penrith in the preseason.