Players from the Gold Coast Titans during pre-season training.
Players from the Gold Coast Titans during pre-season training. Nathan Friend

Titans to remain Gold Coast team

THE Gold Coast Titans have clarified their position on an agreement with Papua New Guinea.

There have been discussions, but the Titans have not entered sell-off talks with the Papua New Guinea consortium and will not be transferring home games to Papua New Guinea as reported.

Jetstar Titans managing director Michael Searle said the club had been approached by the PNG consortium earlier this year to seek advice on aspects of its push to join the NRL, but no formal agreement had been reached.

"The reality is some nine months ago we were approached by a PNG consortium, who identified the Titans as a dynamic and successful best-practice model for PNG's aspirations of eventually entering the NRL," Searle said.

"They felt they could learn from our experience about successful player recruitment, performance and commercial viability, while continuing to achieve our objectives in the community around health, education, training and employment.

"They have since put forward various proposals.

"One thing is for sure - the Titans are a Gold Coast team, and will always remain that, regardless of whether we agree to any link to PNG.

"We'll definitely continue to encourage and assist any initiative to involve PNG in the NRL. However, the club's stakeholders will not be selling any of their equity in the club."