A huge coup for the Gold Coast Titans with the signing of Rugby League Immortal and Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga as the club’s Head of Performance and Culture.
Meninga will relocate to the Gold Coast with his wife and three children but will remain as Kangaroos coach.
The role will see Meninga help the club to drive a winning environment as well as helping drive the club’s commercial strength.
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Meninga admits the decision to leave Canberra for the Gold Coast wasn’t an easy one.
“However the opportunity to move and to work work alongside the leadership team of Daryl Kelly, Rebecca Frizelle, Dennis Watt and coach Garth Brennan left me in no doubt that this was a chance too good to pass up,” he said.
Meninga says he jumped at the chance to join the Titans and help grow the club and the game on the Gold Coast and in northern New South Wales.
“I can feel something special building at the Titans. The NRL needs rugby league and the Titans to be strong in the area.
“It is one of the game’s heartlands and it is no secret that it is under threat from rival codes who are investing heavily to own the territory,” Meninga said.
Titans Executive Chairman Dennis Watt says the signing of Meninga for such a senior role would be a foundation stone for the Gold Coast’s new direction.
“To have someone like Mal Meninga, with everything that he has achieved in the game, be so excited about joining the Titans is a terrific show of faith and belief in the strength, leadership and potential of the Gold Coast,” Mr Watt said.
“What he has been able to achieve and continues to achieve in his coaching career with Queensland and Australia shows that he is a master of creating winning cultures.”
Titans Coach Garth Brennan says he was looking forward to working with Meninga to help build on the growing momentum in the club.
“Mal is a legend of the game and clearly has much to offer with his insights on leadership and winning cultures,” Brennan said.
“He will be a great sounding board for myself and the coaching staff.”
The appointment was ticked off by NRL CEO Todd Greenberg after meeting with the Titans and Meninga’s management to ensure there was no conflict of interest.
One of the conditions of the Titans role was that his Kangaroos coaching duties remain a top priority.
“Mal is required throughout the year to promote the game, provide mentoring and assistance to young players and to assist with the elite level of the game,” Mr Greenberg said.
“But since there are no Kangaroos matches until the end of the 2019 season he will have capacity to devote to the Titans role.”