Lucky Luke hits mark
"DOING It Dougy Style" is the first sign made by a fan about him that Yamba rugby league product Luke Douglas can remember seeing in his early days at the Cronulla Sharks
Six years after making his NRL debut, Douglas will play his 150th consecutive game when he lines up for the Gold Coast Titans against the New Zealand Warriors this weekend.
Douglas has emerged as rugby league's man of steel, not missing a game since his debut for the Sharks in 2006.
It is an incredible feat for a front-rower in the modern era.
But he downplayed the feat, attributing his resilience to good luck and good management.
"I've just been fortunate with injuries and I do everything I can each week to make sure that I can play," he said.
"I'm pretty proud of it (150 games) but it's just another game really."
Douglas said a combination of luck and no major injuries had contributed to his resilience but he said it would be strange when he eventually missed a game.
"I've always played, so it would be a bit weird," he said.
While it will be just another game for Douglas, the Titans will be desperate to rediscover their winning form when they tackle last year's beaten grand finalists the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium tomorrow night.
After starting the season with an 18-0 shutout against the Cowboys, the Titans have slumped to back-to-back losses.
Despite the less-than-impressive start, Titans coach John Cartwright is thrilled with what Douglas has brought to the club this season.
"He's still finding his way in the side but his first-grade performances have been very solid," Cartwright said.
"It's remarkable (150 games), especially playing in the front row. He plays pretty big minutes as well," he said.
Douglas said rumours of the Gold Coast club's financial difficulties had not affected the team ahead of this weekend's showdown.
"I don't worry about any of the off-field stuff," he said.
"We just need to start winning games and playing for the full 80 minutes."
Douglas has relished the chance to play in front of friends and family from Yamba since linking with the Titans in the off-season.
"A lot of people from Yamba move here for work and I'm living with mates from home," he said.
"Mum and dad come up to every game too, so it's all good."
Douglas said former Marist Brothers winger and Titans speedster David Mead was well on the way to recovering from a broken jaw he suffered in round two against the Canberra Raiders.
"The swelling has gone down and he's talking again anyway," Douglas said.