After days of speculation, the Gold Coast Titans have finally confirmed Justin Holbrook will lead the club from 2020.
The announcement was made on Wednesday evening, with the Titans revealing Holbrook has signed as head coach for two seasons.
The 43-year-old is currently the Coach of Super League leaders St Helens.
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It’s understood the Gold Coast Titans delayed making the news public to honour Holbrook’s request to deliver the news personally to his players and staff at St Helens before making any official announcement.
Titans Executive Chairman Dennis Watt said the Club was delighted to secure Holbrook’s signature to lead the Titans into a new era.
“I think everyone in rugby league would be aware of the tremendous success that Justin has enjoyed in Super League, rebuilding St Helens to the top of Super League and taking them to the Challenge Cup final,” Watt said.
“Justin is very highly regarded, and it is a tremendous vote of confidence in the future of the Titans and the work that is already being done at the Club that he has chosen the Gold Coast to begin his NRL career.”
Holbrook said he was excited to be joining the Titans and thanked the Gold Coast for allowing him to break the news to his current team first.
“The ingredients for a truly great club already exist at the Titans, and I am looking forward to moving to the Gold Coast to play my part in turning that vision into a reality,” Holbrook said.
“I would like to make special mention and thank the Gold Coast Titans for allowing me time to address my current players personally regarding my decision to join the Gold Coast, which could only occur this morning due to our training schedule.
“It was important the players heard it first from me, not by reading it online, as I have created an honest and trusted environment here at St Helens which needed to be respected.”
Watt said picking the right person for the top job was an extremely important decision.
“The Club took its time in the appointment of our next Head Coach, because it was a critical decision in the Club’s history and had to be done correctly,” he said.
“The calibre of the applicants was outstanding, and each of them was judged against strict and detailed criteria to ensure we found the best person for the job, and in the best interests of the Club.”