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Foordy

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the Titans CEO has today come out and claimed that their plan is to win 2 NRL and 2 NRLW premierships by 2030 ... maybe they should worry about winning 1 before the start planning for a second ... hell, they haven't won a finals games since 2010, maybe they should try to win one of those before building their trophy cabinet

anyway, Titans CEO Steve Mitchell says:

“We are here to bring premierships to the Gold Coast – not a premiership, premierships,” he said. “We have aspirations to land two NRLW premierships and two NRL premierships.

“They’re not small aspirations and we don’t understate the work that’s involved in that, but that’s what we plan to deliver. We’re going to work hard on delivering that for our communities.

“You’ve got to be strategic about putting yourself in a window to make a grand final and win a grand final.

“We’ve got a very strong young player group that are just starting to get some cohesiveness about them. This group over the next three seasons has the ability to put a lot of time together, train together and build those relationships.

“I would think we’re going to have a premiership window some time in the first half of that strategic plan. Beyond that, the future Titans system and the kids we have in that program, are wonderful athletes and want to play for their home club. They’re not going away.

“That’s going to give us a window in the second half of the strategic plan.

“We’ve got nine years to deliver it and we know the work that’s involved. We’re confident we’ve got the people to do it, now we have to do the work to get there.”

“The work in this strategic plan and rebrand has been going all year prior to the expansion conversation,” he said.

“We’re congratulating Redcliffe for getting into the competition. It is a huge advantage for the code and when we play them down here we will have 23,000 people in the stadium. There is nothing but upside.

“We need to articulate where we’re heading and get stuck into the work.”


Tino Fa’asuamaleaui says:

“It’s good, it’s a goal of ours and it’s all motivating us so we do achieve it,” he said.

“Why would you play if you don’t want to win a premiership?

“If we back ourselves we can do it, if we put the hard work in the rewards will come. Hopefully we can hold that trophy up one day. I came here (from Melbourne) because I want to win a trophy here and bring the first one here. I’m going to work hard towards that.

“I don’t think we’re far off at all. Last year was a rollercoaster and learning curve but it was a good stepping stone for next year. We’re on the right path, we’re slowly building. We’ve got good people around the club which is good.”
 

theshed

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the Titans CEO has today come out and claimed that their plan is to win 2 NRL and 2 NRLW premierships by 2030 ... maybe they should worry about winning 1 before the start planning for a second ... hell, they haven't won a finals games since 2010, maybe they should try to win one of those before building their trophy cabinet

anyway, Titans CEO Steve Mitchell says:

“We are here to bring premierships to the Gold Coast – not a premiership, premierships,” he said. “We have aspirations to land two NRLW premierships and two NRL premierships.

“They’re not small aspirations and we don’t understate the work that’s involved in that, but that’s what we plan to deliver. We’re going to work hard on delivering that for our communities.

“You’ve got to be strategic about putting yourself in a window to make a grand final and win a grand final.

“We’ve got a very strong young player group that are just starting to get some cohesiveness about them. This group over the next three seasons has the ability to put a lot of time together, train together and build those relationships.

“I would think we’re going to have a premiership window some time in the first half of that strategic plan. Beyond that, the future Titans system and the kids we have in that program, are wonderful athletes and want to play for their home club. They’re not going away.

“That’s going to give us a window in the second half of the strategic plan.

“We’ve got nine years to deliver it and we know the work that’s involved. We’re confident we’ve got the people to do it, now we have to do the work to get there.”

“The work in this strategic plan and rebrand has been going all year prior to the expansion conversation,” he said.

“We’re congratulating Redcliffe for getting into the competition. It is a huge advantage for the code and when we play them down here we will have 23,000 people in the stadium. There is nothing but upside.

“We need to articulate where we’re heading and get stuck into the work.”


Tino Fa’asuamaleaui says:

“It’s good, it’s a goal of ours and it’s all motivating us so we do achieve it,” he said.

“Why would you play if you don’t want to win a premiership?

“If we back ourselves we can do it, if we put the hard work in the rewards will come. Hopefully we can hold that trophy up one day. I came here (from Melbourne) because I want to win a trophy here and bring the first one here. I’m going to work hard towards that.

“I don’t think we’re far off at all. Last year was a rollercoaster and learning curve but it was a good stepping stone for next year. We’re on the right path, we’re slowly building. We’ve got good people around the club which is good.”
I remember when Bulldogs made a similar statement about 10 years ago. Didn’t go to plan.
 

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What Tino really wanted to say: “Mate this club isn’t going to win a premiership likely ever while paying blokes like Fifita twice their market value.

Additionally, I couldn’t care less, I’ve got one more season here only so if it isn’t next year then I hope it never happens.”
 

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the Titans CEO has today come out and claimed that their plan is to win 2 NRL and 2 NRLW premierships by 2030 ... maybe they should worry about winning 1 before the start planning for a second ... hell, they haven't won a finals games since 2010, maybe they should try to win one of those before building their trophy cabinet

anyway, Titans CEO Steve Mitchell says:

“We are here to bring premierships to the Gold Coast – not a premiership, premierships,” he said. “We have aspirations to land two NRLW premierships and two NRL premierships.

“They’re not small aspirations and we don’t understate the work that’s involved in that, but that’s what we plan to deliver. We’re going to work hard on delivering that for our communities.

“You’ve got to be strategic about putting yourself in a window to make a grand final and win a grand final.

“We’ve got a very strong young player group that are just starting to get some cohesiveness about them. This group over the next three seasons has the ability to put a lot of time together, train together and build those relationships.

“I would think we’re going to have a premiership window some time in the first half of that strategic plan. Beyond that, the future Titans system and the kids we have in that program, are wonderful athletes and want to play for their home club. They’re not going away.

“That’s going to give us a window in the second half of the strategic plan.

“We’ve got nine years to deliver it and we know the work that’s involved. We’re confident we’ve got the people to do it, now we have to do the work to get there.”

“The work in this strategic plan and rebrand has been going all year prior to the expansion conversation,” he said.

“We’re congratulating Redcliffe for getting into the competition. It is a huge advantage for the code and when we play them down here we will have 23,000 people in the stadium. There is nothing but upside.

“We need to articulate where we’re heading and get stuck into the work.”


Tino Fa’asuamaleaui says:

“It’s good, it’s a goal of ours and it’s all motivating us so we do achieve it,” he said.

“Why would you play if you don’t want to win a premiership?

“If we back ourselves we can do it, if we put the hard work in the rewards will come. Hopefully we can hold that trophy up one day. I came here (from Melbourne) because I want to win a trophy here and bring the first one here. I’m going to work hard towards that.

“I don’t think we’re far off at all. Last year was a rollercoaster and learning curve but it was a good stepping stone for next year. We’re on the right path, we’re slowly building. We’ve got good people around the club which is good.”

I like it; too long any Coast team just got by. They seem to have a plan now with Coast kids and know how they’re going to get there.
 

IceWorks

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You get what you sponsor. If the NRL wants more development they need to encourage it, what's in it for the Broncs to develop these kids if they don't get a guaranteed benefit? Perhaps transfer fees?
 

Santa

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Saw Josh Hodgson at my gym the other day. Guy was making us all look bad...
 

BroncsFan

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The panthers about to be bought crashing back down to planet earth if the two ref system makes a return
NSWRL got them their win so it's likely they will revert to some older rules again now that it doesnt matter.

Vlando ball was all about who had the best kicker, I foresee 2 refs being brought back (mainly due to public pressure) and penalties for ruck infringements, offsides, etc. inside the 50m.
 

lachyy

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NSWRL got them their win so it's likely they will revert to some older rules again now that it doesnt matter.

Vlando ball was all about who had the best kicker, I foresee 2 refs being brought back (mainly due to public pressure) and penalties for ruck infringements, offsides, etc. inside the 50m.
that last bit is what ive been hoping they implement since the start of this whole 6 again saga, maybe even just inside the 20-30m, we saw in the prelims how slow ruck speed can ruin a game, but weve seen all season how this emphasis on the quickest ruck possible can ruin games. They have to try find a balance
 

Foordy

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NSWRL got them their win so it's likely they will revert to some older rules again now that it doesnt matter.

Vlando ball was all about who had the best kicker, I foresee 2 refs being brought back (mainly due to public pressure) and penalties for ruck infringements, offsides, etc. inside the 50m.

wouldn't surprise me if they do something to try and nerf the importance of a quality kicking game, now that we have one
 

BroncsFan

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wouldn't surprise me if they do something to try and nerf the importance of a quality kicking game, now that we have one
100% they will.... I was hoping that Panthers wouldn't win this year to see if Vlando would keep the charade going for another year.

Unfortunately for them, Reynolds can still kick it miles off kicks for touch and nail 40/20's... so his general kicking will still be a huge asset
 

Foordy

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I tell you what, you wouldn't want to be an unvaccinated player next year. the NRL have released the requirements for those that refuse to (or are unable to) get vaccinated. they are:
  • wear a mask at all times
  • staying at home. not able to attend pubs, clubs, cafes, restaurants or any other social interaction
  • twice weekly COVID testing
  • daily rapid antigen testing
 

Kimlo

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I tell you what, you wouldn't want to be an unvaccinated player next year. the NRL have released the requirements for those that refuse to (or are unable to) get vaccinated. they are:
  • wear a mask at all times
  • staying at home. not able to attend pubs, clubs, cafes, restaurants or any other social interaction
  • twice weekly COVID testing
  • daily rapid antigen testing
It'll be a very interesting couple of months. IIRC by the last report we had the lowest vax rate of any club so there could be some sackings this off season. Hopefully it's complaceny rather than outright refusal.
 

BroncsFan

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It'll be a very interesting couple of months. IIRC by the last report we had the lowest vax rate of any club so there could be some sackings this off season. Hopefully it's complaceny rather than outright refusal.
I think Haas mentioned that everyone is getting vaxxed or something when he was talking about returning for preseason training
 

Foordy

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It'll be a very interesting couple of months. IIRC by the last report we had the lowest vax rate of any club so there could be some sackings this off season. Hopefully it's complaceny rather than outright refusal.

just mirroring the state we live in.

the one they were concerned about was Haas (he recently endorsed some anti-vaccination messages on his social-media account.) ... but he has agreed to be vaccinated

the reports are that more than 70% of our players have had at least one COVID shit

Because we train at our private high performance center, we're not under the same COVID conditions of the Sydney clubs that use public facilities

Ikin says:

“That’s not accurate ... we won’t have a problem,” Ikin said of suggestions some Brisbane players are anti-vaxxers.

“We want everyone fully vaxxed by the time the season starts.


“There won’t be an issue at the Broncos.

“Since the Broncos have gone on a break, there was a bit of complacency (towards Covid shots) because the players were disconnected from the club, but as we edge back closer to training, the communications we’ve had with them have all been positive.

“We have communicated what is potentially coming and what is happening in other sports around the world. We don’t want any issues by the time we get back to football next year so let’s get this done now.

“It’s been very conciliatory. It’s been about framing-up what is potentially coming our way in our industry and reinforcing to the players where to get the vaccinations done, when to do it and why it’s important.

“There’s been no big stick that has been waved, but our message has been really strong and clear as we get back towards players returning to training.”

“Our numbers in terms of players fully vaccinated are growing and we are heading in exactly the direction we need to be,” Ikin said.

“If I’m being honest, our living conditions for all Queenslanders have made us a bit slower to act because unlike our southern neighbours, we haven’t been living in lockdown.

“From the club’s perspective, we’ve seen what’s happened in other sports around the world and we expect the same thing in some way, shape or form to find its way into the NRL.”

DD says:

“I’m expecting all our players and staff to be fully vaxxed by the start of the season,” he said.

“It’s the reality of everything I’m hearing and seeing with government protocols ... it’s going to be very challenging to operate in the NRL industry without vaccination.

“We have had constant two-way dialogue with our playing group and the medical experts we have on staff.

“Everyone in society has been challenged over the last 18 months and sport and the Broncos are no different.

“I’ve been very impressed at the level of maturity and the challenges our players and staff have had and their understanding of the Covid situation.

“They have taken in the education that has been provided around vaccinations.

“I don’t believe we will have any issues.”
 

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