The Gold Coast Titans have made significant moves in recruitment and retention as they aim to achieve premiership success by 2026. On Monday night, the club announced three contract extensions for Sam Verrills, Jaimin Jolliffe, and Chris Randall, who have all signed deals for another three seasons. This comes in addition to a group of players, including Jayden Campbell, David Fifita, AJ Brimson, Tino Fa’asuamaleaui, and others, who have already committed until the end of 2026. Moreover, the Titans have secured Des Hasler as their incoming coach after the surprising departure of Justin Holbrook. There are also rumors of Broncos prop Keenan Palasia and Maroons halfback Ben Hunt joining the team.
Speaking about these developments, Titans CEO Steve Mitchell expressed confidence in the team’s playing roster and off-field foundations for success. However, he acknowledged that there is still a missing piece required to clinch a premiership. Mitchell believes that Hasler’s appointment could be the catalyst that the team needs. Mitchell stated, “I think [the players] all want to bring a premiership to the Gold Coast.” With the Titans yet to win a premiership, the goal is to engrain that desire into the team’s DNA.
Over the past 18 months, the Titans have conducted thorough reviews of their program, analyzing various aspects such as the playing roster, high-performance areas, and internal resources. Mitchell believes that significant progress has been made in these areas, but the team needs help in progressing the playing group. Hasler’s vast coaching experience, his winning track record, and the culture he brings could be the missing piece.
Sam Verrills, who won a premiership with the Sydney Roosters in 2019 and was already contracted until the end of next season, revealed that the Titans approached him about extending his stay at the club shortly after his return from a fractured shoulder. Despite signing with the intention of playing under Holbrook, Verrills expressed his belief in the direction the Gold Coast franchise is heading. He stated that he would have re-signed regardless of who the coach was, emphasizing his commitment to the team. Verrills also acknowledged his appreciation for Holbrook and his disappointment about his departure, but he respects the decision made by the club. Looking forward, Verrills is optimistic about Hasler’s appointment, recognising the coach’s successful track record and anticipating positive results for the team.
With a strong core of players re-signed and Des Hasler taking charge, the Gold Coast Titans are positioning themselves for future success. The team’s determination to bring a premiership to the Gold Coast is evident, and by making strategic recruitment and retention decisions, they are building a foundation for a shot at the NRL trophy.