NRL boss Dave Smith says Gold Coast will have a team for the long term, quelling speculation the cash-strapped Titans could be forced to move.
The NRL have reaffirmed their commitment to having a team on the Gold Coast, quietening speculation the cash-strapped Titans would be forced to move to Brisbane.
The Titans have struggled on and off the field throughout 2014, and with key stakeholders in rugby league keen to have a second team in Brisbane, there was talk if the Titans continued to slip, they could be relocated.
But at the announcement of a new base for the club, NRL boss Dave Smith said the Titans were going nowhere.
“This development puts to bed any suggestions about the Titans being relocated,” Smith said.
“The Titans are a key part of the NRL’s long-term plans.
“They will now operate from one of the best administration and training centres in the game and under a strong board.”
Following his late season departure, coach John Cartwright said the Titans were battling to hold ground in the battle for hearts and minds on the Gold Coast against AFL franchise the Suns.
The Titans unveiled plans on Wednesday to construct a new base in the northern Gold Coast suburb of Coomera, with the aim of moving in ahead of the 2016 season.
It means the Titans will move out of their current Robina HQ by the end of next month, splitting their operations between two locations in 2015 while their new home is constructed.
The club’s football department will be based at prestigious private school The Southport School with administrative staff to work out of the nearby Gold Coast City Council administration building.
The move ends one of the sorriest chapters in the Titans’ history.
The then Titans Centre of Excellence, constructed in 2009 to much fanfare, was a state-of-the-art property which nearly killed the club when debts of up to $25 million forced it to be sold to Bond University.
The new project has support from the NRL with the land being provided to the Titans by the council on a community lease arrangement while board member Darryl Kelly will provide the funds for the building’s construction.