It was a long-time coming but the Gold Coast Titans have now confirmed it, with Neil Henry appointed as the club’s full-time coach moving forward.
Initially appointed as the club’s interim manager after the resignation of John Cartwright, Henry will take over the reins for the next three seasons.
Henry, who was coach of the North Queensland Cowboys for some years and also of the Canberra Raiders, is seen as the right fit for the job.
The club, who brought Henry on board in 2014 as an assistant coach, are confident the former Cowboys boss can lead them in the right direction.
â€œNeil is vastly respected and his record stands for itself,â€ said Gold Coast Titans CEO, Graham Annesley.
â€œHe has had the benefit of a season with us and has had 12 seasons as a head coach and assistant coach in the NRL and had four years with the Queensland State of Origin side.
â€œTo take a team to the finals three years running in the NRL is a very good achievement at any club and weâ€™re fortunate to have his experience and working with him to lift the Titans back to the finals.â€
Having gotten to know the Titans players and the club’s system, Henry is pleased to move into the head coaching role.
â€œIâ€™m obviously very happy to again be a head coach in the NRL but I want to certainly pay tribute to John Cartwright who, with Michael Searle, set this club up and have given a tremendous platform for the succeeding coach to build from,” said Henry.
â€œIt has obviously been a tough year but Iâ€™m excited about the prospects at the Titans. I have enjoyed living and working here this year and Iâ€™m glad to be able to be here longer.
â€œThe goal is obviously to climb the ladder and get the fans behind us like in the initial years. I, like many, want the Gold Coast community to have a successful team they are proud and I will be doing all I can to achieve that.â€