UPDATE @ 10.45am: It’s official Gold Coast! The Titans have appointed Garth Brennan as Head Coach for the next three seasons.
CEO Graham Annesley made the exciting announcement at a press conference at the Titans Parkwood training facility on Thursday.
“Garth has definitely served his rugby league ‘apprenticeship’ and thoroughly deserves this opportunity,” Annesley said.
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“He not only has an impressive coaching record, he is also a very impressive person who will add a lot to the culture of the club. We are extremely pleased to have him on board.”
Brennan, 45, says he is excited about the opportunity and challenge ahead.
“I’m really thrilled about the opportunity I have now at the Gold Coast Titans,” Brennan said.
“I really want to focus on developing from within, that’s what I believe is my strength. It’s what I take away from my two previous clubs, I want to work closely with the individuals, I want to get to know them and work together to build that culture that everybody talks about.
“My message will be pretty simple. I want the group to train, play hard and I want every team to know that they have played a tough Titans team.”
Brennan boasts an impressive resume dating back to 2003 where he started his coaching career as Newcastle Knights Jersey Flegg Assistant Coach.
The 45-year-old has since coached Premierships wins at NYC and NSW Cup levels, culminating in his 2017 double victory winning both the Intrust Super Premiership and the State Championship for the Penrith Panthers.
As a player, The Newcastle-born Brennan played for the Knights at junior representative level and was also part of the 1991 Jersey Flegg Premiership side.
Prior to coaching, Brennan was a member of the NSW Police force for 18 years and also played 200 first grade games in the Newcastle competition.
Members and fans, your new HEAD COACH.
— Gold Coast Titans (@GCTitans) October 19, 2017
EARLIER @ 8.00am: The Gold Coast Titans are expected to announce Garth Brennan as their new head coach this morning.
The club has called a press conference at their Parkwood training facility at 10.30am with CEO Graham Annesley.
They say Annesley will be joined by the club’s new Head Coach to “discuss the appointment.”
Brennan caught the eye of the NRL world after leading Penrith to the NSW Intrust Super Premiership. Previously, he worked under super coach Wayne Bennett before being let go in 2011.
The appointment will be sure to add spice to the Brisbane V Gold Coast derbies.
It comes two months after the Titans board sacked coach Neil Henry in late August.