Freddy's bombshell call to relocate NRL club

 os.nine.com.au  07/14/2019 03:31:15  2

The Gold Coast Titans should be under serious consideration for relocation to Brisbane, NSW coach Brad Fittler says.

The NRL wants to establish a second Brisbane team, with the Broncos holding a monopoly over Queensland's capital city.

While they would be loathe to give up their footprint on the Gold Coast, especially given the presence of a fledgling AFL team, the Titans sit last on the ladder and have seen their average crowd figure contract to about 11,000.

Coach Garth Brennan was sacked on Sunday after taking the team to a 4-12 record this season. They have been without $1 million per season halfback Ash Taylor since last month due to personal issues.

The club's head of performance and culture, rugby league Immortal Mal Meninga, will on Monday hand down a mid-season review into the club's issues; potentially ordering further change after Brennan was axed. Fittler said that the club may be best to make a fresh start.

"Are the Gold Coast a chance of moving a little bit north? Ipswich?" Fittler asked on The Sunday Footy Show.

"Why wouldn't the Gold Coast be the second Brisbane team? There's 4,000 people turn up to watch them each week. Let's not call it a success.

"They had a couple of good years at the start, without a doubt, and they played semi-finals. But it's far from a success."

Axed Titans coach Garth Brennan with head of performance and culture Mal Meninga. (AAP)

Rugby league has struggled to make the Gold Coast a stronghold despite sustained attempts at building a significant club. The Giants, Seagulls and Chargers are earlier iterations of Gold Coast clubs that have failed.

The Titans have made the finals just three times since joining the NRL in 2007. The club is perhaps best known for being on the receiving end of Daly Cherry-Evans' contract backflip in 2015, when he reneged on his massive Gold Coast deal to remain with Manly.

Parting ways with Brennan is the latest setback for the club. The Titans have been linked to Queensland State of Origin coach Kevin Walters.

Ash Taylor throws a pass against the Bulldogs earlier this season. (AAP)

Broncos legend Sam Thaiday said that the players had to share responsibility for the club's poor fortunes.

"It is a very, very tough job being a coach," Thaiday said on The Sunday Footy Show.

"All the players there will have a lot to answer to as well.

"Let's hope that something brilliant can happen at the Gold Coast Titans, because it's great place for rugby league. We want to see the Gold Coast doing well."

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