Aquis Gold Coast Titans Chief Executive Graham Annesley spoke to media at the announcement that Body Science will continue its support of the club for an eighth season and said the 2017 NRL Draw, released this morning is good news for local fans.
With four out of the Titan’s first six matches to be played at Cbus Stadium, beginning with a round one home match against the Roosters on Saturday 4 March at 8pm, Annesley said it will give the club a great chance to start 2017 on a high.
“A great opportunity to take advantage of the momentum that we built at the end of last season,” Annesley said.
“It’s going to be a great chance for us to demonstrate to the fans that last year wasn’t an anomaly and we want to continue that sort of form.
“We’ve added to our squad, if you look at our roster we’ve got a roster that is right up there with the best in the competition.”
Annesley said head coach Neil Henry is pleased that over the first 20 rounds of the competition the side won’t have any five-day turnarounds between matches.
“Last year we had some challenges, we had two back-to-back road trips in Perth and Darwin, we don’t have anything like that this year.
“Our turnaround times are fantastic in terms of preparation so we’ve got nothing to complain about.
“We may not play every team twice but we all play 24 games and to be there in September we really need to win half of those if not more.
“So whichever team we play we have to try to beat them and if we want to win the competition we have to beat everyone.”
The draw released today has the Titans playing five straight games in Queensland between rounds 9-14 and 22 of 24 matches at grounds located between Brisbane and Sydney.