Following a series of recent ‘good news’ announcements for the Titans, the Board, management and staff of the club have enthusiastically welcomed the decision of the NRL and ARLC to divest the ownership of the Titans to a company fully owned by former Titans Director, Darryl Kelly and his wife Joanne, together with former Chair, Rebecca Frizelle and her husband Brett.
Off the back of the appointment of new Head Coach, Garth Brennan, and the contract extension of Ash Taylor, today’s ownership announcement ensures the long-term future of the Titans on the Gold Coast, news that will be welcomed by the entire community.
Darryl Kelly said he and Joanne feel very humbled by the faith that’s been shown in them by the game.
“I’ve been involved in this game throughout my life at a regional and grass-roots level, and while my time with the Titans has been challenging, I genuinely believe we can make a difference now that the ownership has finally been resolved,” Kelly said.
“There are very few people Joanne and I would be prepared to partner with on a such an important venture, but we have great admiration and respect for Rebecca and Brett, so we have no doubt our partnership will stand the test of time,” Kelly added.
For the Frizelle family, the deal was the natural evolution of more than 30 years of mutual support between the communities of the Gold Coast, Northern New South Wales, and the family’s automotive business.
Rebecca Frizelle said she and Brett were both thrilled and honoured to become co-owners of the Titans.
“The Gold Coast community has been very good to the Frizelle family over a long period of time, and although we have always tried to give back through the many local causes we support as a business, ensuring the future of the Titans is another great way for Brett and I, together with Darryl and Joanne, to ensure the future of a very important community asset like the Titans,” Frizelle said.
“We do not take this support for granted and we give back through the many local causes we support both personally and as a business. Securing the future of the Titans is a great way that we, with the Kelly family, can ensure the future of an irreplaceable community asset like the Titans.”
“Although the club will be privately owned by the Kelly and Frizelle families until it can become self-sustainable in the long term, it will always be community driven and eventually community owned,” Frizelle concluded.
Titans Chief Executive, Graham Annesley, said the announcement finally provides the club with the stability and certainty that everyone has been craving for.
“Once and for all we can say with absolute confidence the Titans are a permanent fixture on both the Gold Coast and in the NRL competition. The Titans brand, colours and venue are finally guaranteed and we can now get on with the job of realising the enormous potential of this club,” Annesley said.
“Darryl, Joanne, Rebecca and Brett are salt of the earth people of outstanding integrity who have all had amazing success running their respective businesses throughout their professional lives. I have great confidence that now they are in control of the club’s destiny, they will bring similar success to the Titans over the coming years.
“Finally, I would like to sincerely thank the NRL and the ARLC for the incredible support they’ve provided over the last 3 years. Without that backing there is no doubt the Titans would not have survived and everyone associated with the club is extremely grateful.” Annesley concluded.