Well done Gold Coast Titans.
I cannot remember the last time I said that which speaks volumes of the trials and tribulations the club has dealt with over the past few seasons.
To be fair, much of those harms have been self-inflicted, the result of a club wanting to make something of itself but still struggling to break out of the jobs-for-the-boys mould that Searle and Co cemented into the foundations of the club.
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Today there is no harm though, today is a day to be proud of the Titans with Roosters fullback Michael Gordon coming home to the Tweed to don the Titans #1 jersey all but a formality.
Just purely as a lover of rugby league and as someone who would love to see the Titans do well, I was ecstatic that the club had swiftly moved onto the front foot away from the IveBeenEverywhereMan circus.
Who knows, perhaps someone at Titans HQ is an avid reader of The Meddler and paid attention to last week’s article?
Not only is Gordon a Tweed Heads local, his professionalism and experience are two things the Titans desperately need.
He is safe under the high ball, displays plenty of guts and grit especially when a coach backs him in and he also turns 4 points into 6 with frightening regularity.
The best thing about Gordon joining the Titans though is what he doesn’t do well – he is not a ball-playing fullback.
He is skilled don’t get me wrong, but his bread and butter over the last ten years of NRL has been as a fullback who lets his halves make the space for him to cruise into.
The Titans now have a perfect spine of two exciting young halves playing in between two experienced and tough older guys in Nathan Peats and Michael Gordon.
Ash Taylor and Kane Elgey are now free to be the young gun kids that everyone knows they are, while still being able to rely on their #9 and #1 to get the job done – a perfect mixture.
The footy world saw in 2017 how incredibly effective Gordon is when playing behind two dynamic halves who like to take the line on.
To say nothing of how Gordon’s arrival will enhance the likes of Ryan James, Kevin Proctor and Jarrod Wallace who all have an offload in them post contact.
New Titans coach Garth Brennan has not put a foot wrong since arriving at Robina and continued that with identifying Gordon as the man the club just had to get.
He also made the right call on offloading English import Dan Sarginson, who failed to impress in his debut season.
Previous Titans coaches and boards may have given Sarginson another year (or five!) but clearly Brennan knows what he is doing.
With a decisive new coach, solid pack, balanced and dynamic spine and a few exciting kids coming through in the outside backs that need some games, the Titans have given fans every reason to be hopeful of a successful 2018 campaign.