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sebastian_old

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Minichiello and Delaney sign with Titans



Souths Second Rower Mark Minichiello and Eels Centre Brett Delaney have become the 20th and 21st signings for the Gold Coast Titans as the fledgling clubs recruitment drive nears its’ final stages.

Both are excited by the lifestyle change in store for them in moving to the Gold Coast and the challenges that lay ahead in joining the NRL’s newest team.

Minichiello said, “I’m ready for a change – I’ve been at Souths for 4 years and I have definitely enjoyed my time there but it’s time for a change. After speaking with John Cartwright (Titans Head Coach) and Michael Searle (Titans Managing Director) I am looking forward to joining the team and learning some things from the coaching staff. I am also excited to be calling my new home the Gold Coast.â€Â

Delaney said, “It seems like there’s a really good vibe at the Titans with the new team. Scott Sattler, John Cartwright and Michael Searle have briefed me on what the plans are up there and it sounds really good. I am just eager to get to the Gold Coast and start pre-season training.â€Â

Delaney’s decision was made easier by being able to achieve his goal of potentially playing full time in the centres. He has played a handful of games for the Eels in that position this year but he concedes this was mainly because of injury to the incumbents.

“It wasn’t really a hard decision in the endâ€Â, said Delaney. “I am moving up for the opportunity to play in the centres. At Parramatta those positions are taken by Tamana (Tahu) and Ben (Smith). If I wanted to stay there I would have to play back row so Carty (John Cartwright) said that there is an opportunity to play in the centres so I took that lead with both hands and I am happy I made the decision.â€Â

Minichiello believes the move will provide the platform for him develop as a player and improve his game.

“I think things will work in my favour to go to the club,†he said.

“They’ve signed some good forwards some good talent all around the park and I’m just looking forward to getting up there and playing some good solid consistent football. The change will do me the world of good and it’s an opportunity to prove myself as a better footballer.â€Â

Cartwright coached Minichiello in reserve grade for one year and then as assistant first grade coach his final year at the Roosters. The 24 year old is impressed with Cartwright’s coaching style and that formed an important part of his decision to sign with the Titans.

Cartwright said, “I was impressed with him then because he’s got a great work ethic. He lives for rugby league and I think he’s been impressive in a struggling club over the last two years. Souths have given him an opportunity to play first grade and I think week in week out he’s one of their best players and I know he’s looking for a change in scenery. The Gold Coast presents a new lifestyle and he was as excited as we are with the players that we’ve signed and the potential that exists here for him.

Nearing the end of the Titans recruitment campaign Cartwright is happy with the results and believes the blend of age and experience with the type of people the signings are off the field will provide a formidable start to the NRL competition come 2007. Minichiello fits into that equation perfectly.

“We’ve got a really good blend,†said Cartwright. “We’ve got young fellas who are 20, 21, 22 year olds and we’ve also got some good real hard heads in the right positions who have done the hard yards but are still only growing as footballers. There’s a good mix here and he’s experienced enough to be one of the leaders in the team. He’s a total professional and they’re the type of guys we need to kick off the Titans.

Cartwright was equally as happy with the signature of Delaney who rounds out the number of available centres to four with Jake Webster, Josh Graham and Gavin Cooper making up the other three.

He said, “We’re very fortunate as Brett is probably one of the best on the market. He’s 20, he’s got his best years in front of him and he’s potentially one of the best goal kickers in the NRL. Brett comes to us wanting to play rep footy in the future and he’s another one who comes from a professional organisation like the Parramatta Eels. If you get kids out of there, you know they’ve done all the basics well and he’s ideal for the blend in our side.â€Â

Gold Coast Titans signings to date:

Forwards: Mark Minichiello (Souths) Clint Amos (Cowboys) Michael Henderson (Dragons) Michael Hodgson (Raiders) Frank Puletua (Panthers) Luke Bailey (Dragons) Anthony Laffranchi (Tigers) Luke Swain (Panthers) Brad Meyers (Bradford) Nathan Friend (Storm) Luke O’Dwyer (Eels).

Backs: Brett Delaney (Eels) Jake Webster (Melbourne Storm) Gavin Cooper (Cowboys) Steve Turner (Melbourne Storm) Preston Campbell (Panthers) Brian Carney (Newcastle) Matt Petersen (Eels) Scott Prince (Tigers) Richie Mathers (Rhinos) Josh Graham (Western Force).
 

sebastian_old

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What posistion do you guys think the Titans will finish next year?? Will the Titans be the 1st Rugby League side to make the finals in there 1st year(besides 1908)?? Do you need a club Culture established to be succsessfull, therefore being succsessfull takes time??
 

Jesbass_old

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Bloody oath! I thought it was referring to Anthony, lol! :shock: :lol:

What year did the Melbourne Storm debut? I thought it was 1999 - was it 1998?
 

Skinny_Ravs82

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I hope this helps Jesbass! haha...it's from the Storm's official website. Some long winded story..I think this is the kist of what it says when melbourne came into the comp...I hope :?

With the ARL already being forced to fund the South Queensland Crushers from reserves dwindled by the "war", the ARL club chief executives recommended in late June that Melbourne not be admitted until 1999. The VRL continued to stress to the ARL that their club was fully sponsored.


Waiting until after the State of Origin at the MCG to make its announcement, the ARL abandoned its plans for a Melbourne franchise.


Super League though continued to build for the Melbourne Storm's arrival in 1998. They also made it known that any compromise with the ARL would not be made unless the Storm club was included in the combined competition. Which is exactly what eventuated.


When the "peace agreement" was made in late 1997 there were 22 existing rugby league clubs plus Super League's Melbourne Storm. The new competition - National Rugby League - was announced as including 20 clubs for 1998 and 14 clubs for 2000. The pressures on the existing clubs to survive to the 2000 14 team competition, were obvious. Adding a new club still seemed unlikely.


However, amidst all the drama of the "peace deal", the inclusion of Melbourne Storm was still seen as important enough to warrant their inclusion. Ninety seasons after rugby league was first played in Australia, the dream of a team in Melbourne had finally been realised.
 

2big2strong_old

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I'm liking the look of the titans, they'll probably be my #2 team now the Eels have signed Brett Finch, i was an eels fan since i was a little kid but they had to ruin it by signing my most hated player :C hehe, nemind, i just wish the Titans had more Kiwis!
 

MiXmasterreece_old

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2black2strong said:
I'm liking the look of the titans, they'll probably be my #2 team now the Eels have signed Brett Finch, i was an eels fan since i was a little kid but they had to ruin it by signing my most hated player :C hehe, nemind, i just wish the Titans had more Kiwis!

Have they still only got just the 2? Puletua and Stosic (pardon my spelling).

I remember reading back in the day when they first got the green light for 2007 that they were going to be bring Ali and Solomona over. Look how far that went in the end ....
 

2big2strong_old

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MiXmasterreece said:
2black2strong said:
I'm liking the look of the titans, they'll probably be my #2 team now the Eels have signed Brett Finch, i was an eels fan since i was a little kid but they had to ruin it by signing my most hated player :C hehe, nemind, i just wish the Titans had more Kiwis!

Have they still only got just the 2? Puletua and Stosic (pardon my spelling).

I remember reading back in the day when they first got the green light for 2007 that they were going to be bring Ali and Solomona over. Look how far that went in the end ....

3 including webster (if you can include webster) yeah i remember all that talk and at one stage Ali was meant to be their #1 priority.

Man theres been some shit fly over here between the Titans and the Gold coast mayor. He's an AFL supporter and doesn't like league apparently, so he's organised 10 AFL games to be played at the titans home ground next year and wouldn't let the field become rectangular, saying it would ruin his oval AFL field. the titans took it to the government last night and won, but now they have to pay for the field to become oval shaped before every AFL game is played their. what a wank that mayor is. needs a bullet.
 

sebastian_old

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2black2strong said:
Don't mean to be picky Seb but they signed over a week ago.

True but i wanted to talk about the Titans with team info available so people could judge the team listing & the Daniel Conn article(Titans 23rd signing) did not have it. I hate old articles as well so i can understand how ya felt, but that was the very latest article with a team listing.
 

warriors_ballboy_CEO_old

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The Titans will be my 2nd team in the NRL only becausen there away jersey is Orange and Blue my to favourite colours.

Also there is talk that the warriors may be playing them in a pre season game next year, over in aussie.