Neil Henry says he wants the Gold Coast coach’s job full time as he begins his role as caretaker following John Cartwright’s resignation from the NRL club.
It seems only a matter of time before Neil Henry is officially appointed as Gold Coast’s new head coach.
John Cartwright’s eight years at the helm of the NRL club officially came to an end on Monday following a 26-18 loss to the Sydney Roosters.
Henry will take over as a caretaker for the four remaining matches this season and already has the backing of Cartwright and several senior players as the best man for the job.
Now the man himself says he’d love to take on the job permanently if it’s offered to him.
“I aspire to be a head coach and I’d like to stay on the coast,” Henry said.
“We’ll wait and see what the board decide.”
The 53-year-old was appointed as one of Cartwright’s assistants following his sacking by North Queensland last year.
After five years at the helm of the Cowboys, Henry said he was keen to dive straight back into being a head coach.
“I’ve had a year with the team so I’m a bit more familiar,” he said.
“It takes a while to settle in and I’d like to be a part of the future of the club. I’d be excited, it’d be a great challenge to take on the role.”
Henry said he’s yet to receive a formal offer from the Titans board but plans to discuss his long-term future later in the week.
Foundation player Luke Bailey and co-captain Greg Bird were among those to express their support for Henry following the team’s return from Sydney on Tuesday morning.
Cartwright, who will take some time away from the club before continuing in a non-football role, has also endorsed Henry as the man to lead the Titans forward.
“He understands the landscape, he understands where the club sits, I certainly endorse him,” Cartwright said following the loss to the Roosters.
“It hasn’t shown in our results but I think to be there for 12 months is the big advantage.
“You understand where we are as a club, and what our limitations are and what you have to work within.”
Henry has been linked to several roles including the coach’s job at St George Illawarra but he said he had no knowledge of any other positions that may be available.
He said his main focus will be on ensuring the Titans finish their year well despite a tough run starting with Monday’s home match against competition frontrunners Manly.
Henry’s other matches in charge will be a trip to the Warriors, an away game against the Dragons and then a home match against Canterbury.
He says delivering some joy to long-suffering Titans fans will help provide a boost to all at the club.
“It’ll be a real test of character for the team moving forward giving who we have to play,” he said.
“We haven’t been good at home all year and we really need to try and turn that around, try and get a couple of wins.”