Ex-Gold Coast prop Nathaniel Peteru believes the axing of coach Neil Henry midway through the 2017 NRL season did little to help the Titans last year.
Henry was controversially given his marching orders in August after a bitter fallout with Jarryd Hayne.
The move did not alter the Titans' on-field fortunes for the rest of the campaign, with the club finishing a lowly 15th on the table.
Peteru was part of Gold Coast's squad last year and spent three years there.
He said Henry's sacking "wasn't the best thing to happen".
"It was obviously well-publicised what happened,” the 25-year-old told Inside Sport.
“Looking back, it probably wasn’t the best thing to happen. It didn’t really help when I was at the Titans. But we all moved on, they’ve got a new coach.”
Peteru has left the Titans and joined Super League champions Leeds.
The Kiwi front-rower is looking forward to being involved in the more open playing style displayed in England.
"Back at the Titans we weren’t necessarily encouraged to show that skill," Peteru said.
"It was kind of really a bit more robotic there. I’m looking forward to bringing my kind of style and influence to the team and hopefully it can be a positive."