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Super League club “dismayed and totally furious” about “malicious rumour”

The Gold Coast Titans and head coach Justin Holbrook have today agreed to part ways, effective immediately.

Holbrook has made a strong contribution since joining the club in 2020, however as the club works towards the 2030 strategy of bringing success, the decision has been made to move in a new direction.

“We are grateful to Justin for his contribution to the club over the past four seasons,” said Titans CEO Steve Mitchell.

“We are here to bring success to the Gold Coast and in order to do so we feel that this is the change necessary to deliver on our promise which is to win premierships.”

Premiership-winning coach Des Hasler will join the Gold Coast Titans as head coach for the 2024 season and beyond. Hasler brings significant experience having coached 458 NRL games, reaching five grand finals and winning two premierships.

“I’m looking forward to joining the Titans and to the 2024 season,” Hasler said.

“The club has a strong playing roster, the region is blessed with emerging talent and the organisation is firmly embedded in the community.

“I’m confident we can deliver success to the region in the coming seasons.”

Following this news the former St Helens boss, who underpinned Saints’ current dynasty, was linked with a return to Super League by Sky Sports Jenna Brooks.

Brooks said: “He could be back in Super League sooner rather than later.”

The Sky Sports presenter said that Huddersfield Giants, Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves could be interested.

The Giants responded to this by contacting Sky and Brian Carney read out the following statement:

“They are dismayed and totally furious with the totally incorrect and malicious rumour.

“They wanted to make it clear they were without any foundation whatsoever.”

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