The Courier-Mail

Troubled Titans seek help to beef up off-field team

- TRAVIS MEYN

THE Titans will lobby the NRL for more funding as coach Neil Henry’s shake-up extends to the club’s off-field department­s.

Henry (pictured) is driving a proposal seeking up to four staff for his under-resourced football department which will be presented to the club’s board and NRL next month.

The Titans rank last in the NRL for football department spending, believed to be up to $4 million a year less than some rival clubs when junior developmen­t is included.

Henry is scouring the landscape for a new strength coach following Dan Ferris’s defection to Manly, with a possible two positions to be created.

Another rehabilita­tion physiother­apist to assist Greg Condon could be an addition, along with a video and data analyst. Recruitmen­t boss Jamie Mathiou, who recently resigned, needs to be replaced.

Titans CEO Graham Annesley confirmed the club was discussing the make-up of its football department and was in discussion­s with the NRL.

“There have been some internal discussion­s about staffing,” he said.

“Not necessaril­y asking for more money.

“We’re looking at our structure and whether it could be a little better.”

Lachlan Burr will return from suspension in place of Greg Bird (quad) for the final home game of the year against the Dragons on Sunday at Cbus Super Stadium, while hooker Kierran Moseley moves on to the bench.

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