The Gold Coast Titans have flatly rejected reports they are considering plans to relocate to Brisbane.
Several reports have emerged of ‘secret talks’ to rebrand the struggling club and play the majority of their home games out of Suncorp Stadium.
Nine News was reporting that former Melbourne Storm bosses John Ribot and Chris Johns were behind the move with eight games to be played in Brisbane each season.
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But Titans Executive Chairman Dennis Watt dismissed the reports and says there has been no discussion.
“For the benefit of Titans Members, fans and sponsors, here are the facts: We are the Gold Coast Titans, and that is how we will stay,” Watt said.
“The Gold Coast is our city, and we are here to stay to proudly represent our community.
“The Gold Coast and Northern Rivers region has a long and proud history with rugby league stretching back to the game’s roots in this country. We are custodians of the game in our region, and passionate supporters of rugby league and our community.
“We are not moving anywhere, nor are we changing our name or ownership.”
The speculation comes after the Titans’ worst season in their history which culminating in the sacking of rookie coach Garth Brennan.
The Titans sit on the bottom of the NRL ladder with just four wins this season.
Watt says their commitment to the Gold Coast is shown by the fact they’ve started talks to extend the lease at their Parkwood base while they are pushing ahead with plans to build a Community Club at Oxenford.
“We are regularly approached by good people who want to help the Titans reach their full and successful potential, and we appreciate their support of the Club,” Watt said.
“But while we never stop listening to interesting proposals, and will always keep an open mind about possibilities to grow and strengthen the Titans, the possibility of restructuring, relocating and rebranding the Club has not been contemplated.
“Yesterday’s media speculation is incorrect.”