Fresh beginning for the Gold Coast Titans as they eye a more stable 2018Posted on 01/01 by Joe Gann
The recent takeover at the Gold Coast Titans should herald a more stable period for the club.
Weekly Expert Betting Tips - Join our free mailing listThe NRL has sold the Gold Coast Titans to a local consortium headed up by Darryl Kelly and Rebecca Frizelle who were quick to confirm that long-term stability is the priority for the troubled club.
Bailed out by the governing body in 2015, as the franchise was in serious jeopardy, the takeover heralds the dawn of a new era for the Queenslanders. One of the fundamental objectives of the syndicate is the acknowledgement of the need to break even within three years; the success in landing TFH Hire services in one of the competitionís most lucrative sponsorship deals is undoubtedly a step in the right direction in that department.
A chaotic 2017, which saw the departure of coach Neil Henry, ended with the exit of big-name star Jarryd Hayne and saw the team finishing the campaign slumped in fifteenth position.
Recent recruitment hints of a change policy at the club - Brenko Lee has joined from the Bulldogs, Michael Gordon is a solid signing following his excellent year at the Roosters, and Penrith hooker Mitch Rein has decided to reunite with coach Garth Brennan. Gordon, in particular, will help to bring some much-needed experience to one of the youngest rosters in the competition and he could prove to be a shrewd acquisition.
Although a high-profile name hasnít been discounted, an emphasis on young player development is an important facet for the future health of the club for Brennan. With plenty of room left in the salary cap though, there will surely be more arrivals through the door at Robinha in the coming months, but the club has surely learned a valuable lesson after being burned by the failed Jarryd Hayne experiment.
Although the road to the upper echelons of the game seems a long way off at the present time, with a new ownership structure now in place, it may be that the club has finally turned a corner.
The Titans face the Raiders at Cbus Super Stadium and are $2.20 to begin the year with a victory.
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