Local league identity and 10-year recruitment co-ordinator at Sydney Roosters, Jamie Mathiou, has joined the iSelect Titans football department as recruitment manager.
Mathiou (pronounced Matthew) grew up at Cabarita and was a Gold Coast Giants player after making the Australian Schoolboys team in 1989, and had been involved in rugby league almost entirely since then.
He played 16 first grade games for North Sydney and North Queensland as a prop/second-rower before spending five seasons with Leeds in England, where he was in the Rhinos side that played in the 1998 Super League grand final under Australian coach Graham Murray. He played for Ireland in the 2000 World Cup.
Mathiou is well regarded in the NRL recruitment ranks and is delighted to be able to join the Titans during a period of change and development and will work closely with head coach Neil Henry, general manager of football Scott Clark, under-20s coach and player development manager Ben Woolf and elite player development unit manager Jamie McCormack.
“I’m really excited about joining the Titans in this development phase and I think it will be an exciting time for the club,” said Mathiou.
“Certainly there is a fundamental change coming from an out-and-out recruitment club like the Roosters to a development club like the Titans where we want to develop a lot of local players, not just on the Gold Coast but right through from the Northern Rivers through the South-East Queensland corridor.
“There is plenty of talent here and one of our priorities is to make them want to become Titans players and help them realise their potential.”
Mathiou will be involved in recruitment and retention at NRL level right through to developing players through the under-20s and elite squads.