In a move that is deemed bold and brave by some, the Gold Coast Titans will take a chance on Garth Brennan after the Penrith Panthers Intrust Premiership coach was named new head coach of the Titans until the end of 2020.
Highly rated by Panthers fans as both a coach and an operator, many thought he was the man to eventually become head coach at their own club but that was not to be.
His success has been noted, guiding Penrith to numerous finals berths in the Intrust Super Premiership as well as grand final victories.
With a growing pedigree, Brennan is excited at what lies ahead at the Titans in his new role.
“I’m really excited about the move to the Gold Coast Titans for a number of reasons,” said Brennan.
“There are a lot of similarities between the Gold Coast area and Newcastle; one team, one town situations.
“I played in Newcastle so I understand what one team, one town situation is and how important a team is to a community.”
With junior products such an important part of any rugby league club, the chance to work with them and help the club develop them is something that excites Brennan.
“There are around 6000 juniors here on the Gold Coast, and that really excites me,” said the new head coach.
“I want to turn this club into a development club to really look after our own players and to make it a happy environment where they never want to leave the Gold Coast.
“When the community sees players with their Titans shirts on, I want them to be proud of the team.”
All coaches want to be successful wherever they go and Brennan is excited to get the Titans back into finals contention and onto potential bigger successes.
“I want us to be successful and I’m confident that can happen,” said Brennan.