Gold Coast forward Jarrod Wallace has a warning for the NRL - David Fifita's demolition of his former club Brisbane is just the start.
Fifita turned in a man-of-the-match display against the Broncos in Friday's Queensland derby at CBUS Super Stadium, scoring two tries in a 28-16 win over the club that the 21-year-old left at the end of last year to take up his big-money deal with the Titans.
Having struggled on his Titans debut against the Warriors last weekend after battling an infection during the days before the season opener, Fifita looked every inch the player the Titans are paying a reported $3.5 million over the next three years.
Broncos five-eighth Anthony Milford was especially targeted, twice brushed off by Fifita in the build up to his tries before Brisbane coach Kevin Walters shifted him to the other side of the defensive line to avoid further embarrassment.
Wallace, who himself joined the Titans from the Broncos at the end of 2016, is confident there's more to come from his one-time Queensland State of Origin teammate.
"He obviously had a really rough week last week in hospital, on a drip, just terrible preparation," Wallace told AAP.
"I just said, 'mate just flush that week' and I said, 'this game, honestly, it's gonna be nothing you've ever felt. It's the best. You're playing against your old club, the Broncos. Trust me, there's going to be guys coming for you and you're going to love every minute of it'.
"He stood up and played fantastic, two tries, and I think it just shows what he's capable of.
"Let's be honest, he's got plenty more in him too. I'm just glad he's on my side now."
Having knocked off Brisbane for a fourth time in the past five encounters between the two rivals, Wallace and the Titans are now focusing their attention on North Queensland next week.
Gold Coast have won just three of 13 matches against the Cowboys in Townsville, with the last of those victories coming way back in 2012.
"They'll be really up for it. Todd Payten will be flying into them after a performance like last week so it'll be interesting to see how they go this week," Wallace said.
"We'll just prepare ourselves and worry about ourselves and if we do our job hopefully that's good enough to get there."