Gold Coast could be in private hands by the end of the year following Jarryd Hayne’s stunning move to the NRL club.
The NRL, who own the Titans after stepping in to alleviate their financial hardship last year, had initially anticipated it could be at least another year before the club moved into private hands.
However, that is expected to change following Hayne’s multi-million dollar two year deal with the Gold Coast.
After their unexpected success this year the signing of Hayne is expected to move the Titans from a position as an NRL battler to a significantly more influential, important and high profile club.
Titans board members Rebecca Frizell and Darryl Kelly, both respected Gold Coast business people have been mentioned as individuals who might be interested in becoming private investors in the club moving forward.
The NRL has kept the Titans at arm’s length despite their ownership, leaving Titans powerbrokers to conduct the day-to-day dealings at the club, including the signing of Hayne.
The NRL had to sign off on the deal, but did so as it would with any other club.
But the NRL is acutely aware of the boost that Hayne’s signing will give to the Titans, as are Titans officials themselves.
Titans boss Graham Annesley anticipated Hayne’s move to the Titans would exponentially increase the value of and interest in the club. The Titans are expected a sold out Cbus Super Stadium on Sunday against the Warriors when Hayne plays his first game for the club.
“This is an enormous boost for the club commercially,” Annesley said.
“Clearly the club is generating a lot of additional interest just by virtue of the way the team’s been playing so far this year.
“It’s (Hayne) hopefully going to generate more membership interest in the club, more corporate support for the club.
“Jarryd is a household name right throughout the country regardless of which sport you follow and, in fact, internationally.
“To have him on board as a key member of our playing roster and the additional interest that’ll generate, people through the gate – Jarryd is a proven turnstile clicker – people come to the games to watch Jarryd play.
“He’s an impact player and makes a major difference to the teams that he plays for. “