Titan Douglas set to break consecutive game record
TITANS coach John Cartwright is in awe of ironman forward Luke Douglas who will take ownership of a playing milestone against his former club Cronulla on Monday night that may never be broken.
The 27-year-old from Yamba will pass Jason Taylor's record of 194 consecutive games for Western Suburbs, North Sydney and the Northern Eagles, accumulated between 1992 and 2000.
Amazingly, Douglas, who plays in the toughest position on the field in the front-row has not missed a game since making his debut for Cronulla against Brisbane in round two in 2006 as a 19-year-old.
Taylor set the record playing at halfback and Cartwright doubts any front-rower will ever match Douglas' freakish streak.
"It's an amazing thing to do, it's a hard thing to play 24 games in a season and not many guys, and certainly very few in the front row, achieve it," declared the Titans coach.
"To do that for 194 games … I don't know if everyone really appreciates how tough that is to do.
"Having played the game myself in the forwards, I couldn't imagine playing that many games in my total career let alone back to back in the front row."
For his part, the no-nonsense Douglas said he was sick of talking about the impending record and just wanted to get it out of the way.
- 194 Jason Taylor 1992-2000 (Wests, Norths, Northern Eagles)
- 194 Luke Douglas 2006-2013 (Cronulla, Gold Coast)
- 174 Hazem El Masri 1999-2005 (Bulldogs)
- 159 Matt Ballin 2008-2013 (Manly)
- 147 Richard Swain 1997-2003 (Hunter Mariners, Storm, Brisbane)
- 147 Brett Kimmorley 1997-2003 (Hunter Mariners, Storm, Northern Eagles, Cronulla)