Cronulla skipper Paul Gallen knows master motivator Canberra coach Ricky Stuart will be priming his players to target him when the two sides meet in a top four NRL clash on Saturday.
Stuart coached Gallen for three years in the Shire from 2007 to 2010, including leading them to a preliminary final in 2008.
Gallen knows Stuart's tactics as good as anyone and is anticipating what will come on Saturday in round 22 at Shark Park.
"We chat now and then no doubt he will have one of his players out to get me this weekend, they will be into me," Gallen said.
"He would want to beat his own mother at a game of golf or ping pong. It doesn't matter what he is playing he wants to win everything.
"And his tactics will be just about attacking our leaders, Andrew Fifita and Wade (Graham) can expect as well. It will be a very physical game."
Gallen said he was expecting giant Raiders prop Shannon Boyd to be one player gunning for him.
Stuart has unexpectedly shaped the Raiders into top four contenders this year.
"Ricky is a master motivator. that is what he did for me as a player he gave me confidence in myself and he motivated me to want to play my best football every week," Gallen said.
"He made me want to play for him, Flanno (Sharks coach Shane Flanagan) has done the same thing.
"That is one thing that Ricky does, he just makes you want to bust your backside for him.
"But I don't want to wrap them too much because they are going well, we are there to beat them on the weekend."