Mal’s ar­rival a win for all

Lo­cal game hop­ing to reap ben­e­fits

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - CON­NOR O’BRIEN

GRASS­ROOTS rugby league on the Gold Coast is hope­ful of ben­e­fit­ing from na­tional coach Mal Meninga’s ap­point­ment as the Ti­tans’ head of per­for­mance and cul­ture.

Rugby League Gold Coast man­ager Scott Dun­shea, who over­sees ju­nior and se­nior footy at a lo­cal level, ad­mit­ted he had not seen the Meninga news com­ing but is ex­cited by the flow-on ef­fects it will bring.

“Ob­vi­ously it’s a big plus for the Ti­tans and ul­ti­mately it will be a big plus for rugby league on the Gold Coast for sure,” Mr Dun­shea said.

“Hav­ing some­one of his pres­ence in and around the area will be good for all par­ties.”

While be­ing a wide-rang­ing role en­com­pass­ing all as­pects of the Ti­tans busi­ness, one of the ar­eas that has been men­tioned as a fo­cus point for Meninga is be­ing the face of the club out in the com­mu­nity.

Mr Dun­shea is ea­ger to see how his pres­ence can be utilised in the RLGC scene.

“We had a meet­ing with the Ti­tans last Mon­day, with the chair­man Den­nis Watt, Phil Moss, An­thony Laf­franchi and Dar­ren Robb,” he said. “We had very pos­i­tive con­ver­sa­tions about where the Ti­tans are head­ing and their new de­vel­op­ment path­way struc­ture.

“Ob­vi­ously they knew that this news was afoot but Mal will fit per­fectly into that struc­ture, I have no doubt, which will be a lot more en­gag­ing for our clubs and a lot more op­por­tu­nity for our play­ers to stay lo­cally and play with the Ti­tans.”

The Ti­tans in re­cent years had made a point of re­cruit­ing homegrown ta­lent to give the team an in­creased sense of Gold Coast iden­tity – that move­ment con­tin­ued yes­ter­day with Bal­lina and Len­nox Head ju­nior Brian Kelly sign­ing a three-year deal to join from Manly.

“It’s just a mat­ter now of them work­ing hard to re­tain those kids and keep them here – they don’t go some­where else and then bring them back,” Mr Dun­shea said. Yes­ter­day’s Bul­letin

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