Gold Coast forward Joe Greenwood says the Titans are working hard on becoming tougher to beat with the ultimate aim of being the best defensive team in the NRL.
The Titans had a tough 2017, finishing only four points off the wooden spoon with just seven wins.
Under new coach Garth Brennan the emphasis in pre-season has been on effort and defensive structure.
Greenwood, who joined the club last year from St Helens, said there has not been a huge difference from Brennan compared to former coach Neil Henry.
"There’s not much difference – he’s just big on his defence so we’re going to change that up," the 24-year-old told rugby-league.com.
"We’re going to try and push for the best defensive team in the comp, which we try for every year, but he’s drilling it into us a lot. There’s a lot of stuff with effort on effort which will be good in the games."
Greenwood made 22 appearances and scored four tries in his debut season in the NRL.
The Englishman has been bulking up in the off-season and wants to have more opportunities in attack this year.
"There’s always room for improvement, like getting more ball in the hand," he said.
"The way we’re going to play this year, that’s the way it’s hopefully going to happen – hopefully get the ball in hand more and just enjoy it out there and look forward to winning games.
"When I arrived in February I was around 102 kg and now I’m 110 kg so I’m trying to carry that, trying to put that into pre-season. It’s a big body change, a big, big task. I’m enjoying the extra weight and hopefully that will stand out in the games."