Former Test prop Luke Bailey says retirement never occurred to him as he battled back from a horror Achilles injury in 2012.

Gold Coast veteran Luke Bailey says he’s proved the doubters wrong with his comeback from injury but NRL retirement still hasn’t crossed his mind.

The Titan’s career appeared over when he snapped his Achilles’ tendon late in the 2012 campaign.

The 34-year-old remarkably refused to give in and fought his way back to fitness and the NRL last year.

But Bailey says the satisfaction of his comeback hasn’t done anything to quash his competitive hunger and he’s not giving up on his career any time soon.

“I don’t know about the big `R’ word yet,” he said.

“It’s on everyone else’s mind but I’m feeling pretty good. Long season ahead but I’m just taking it week by week.

“So far so good.”

The former NSW and Australia representative says he’s lost none of his hunger for elite competition and can’t wait to rip into North Queensland pair James Tamou and Matt Smith in Monday night’s clash on the coast.

“I love little challenges. That’s probably why I’ve been around so long,” he said.

“I don’t really listen too much to the outside, I’m more worried about trying to do the best for the team and proving the doubters that I’ve got what it takes.

“What better opportunity than playing against the Australian front-row this week?”