The Titans have scored another major coup in their NRL rebuild for 2020, with the highly regarded Jim Dymock to join the Gold Coast as Senior Assistant Coach for at least the next two seasons.
Dymock, currently assistant coach at Cronulla, will join incoming Titans Head Coach Justin Holbrook at the Gold Coast in November to begin a new era for the Club.
Dymock’s arrival will be a reunion of sorts for the former Australian and Tongan international, who enjoys a long relationship with Holbrook from their time together at the Canterbury Bulldogs, and is also a former Parramatta teammate of Titans Assistant Coach, Luke Burt.
Dymock was one of the most celebrated players of his era as a skilful five-eighth or lock in a 14-year career for Western Suburbs, Canterbury, Parramatta and the London Broncos.
A Clive Churchill Medal winner as man of the match in Canterbury’s epic 1995 grand final win over Manly, Dymock played six Tests for the Kangaroos, a further two Tests for Tonga, and six State of Origin matches for NSW between 1996 and 1998.
He was renowned for his skill and toughness in equal measure, with his never-say-die attitude the driving force behind the Bulldogs premiership in the year they became the first team to win the title from seventh on the ladder.
The three-time Dally M Lock of the Year has long been considered an NRL coach-in-waiting, and is lauded as a defensive specialist. Dymock has twice acted as an interim NRL Head Coach at the Bulldogs and the Sharks, and is also a former Test coach of Tonga.
Dymock is vastly experienced as an NRL Assistant Coach, having served his apprenticeship under Ricky Stuart at the Roosters and Sharks, Des Hasler at Canterbury, and Shane Flanagan and John Morris at Cronulla.
Titans Chief Executive Steve Mitchell said Dymock’s excellent reputation as a player and coach made him the perfect fit for the Gold Coast’s future.
“In Jim Dymock, the Titans have picked up a Senior Assistant Coach who is widely respected across the NRL for the attributes that he builds into the teams he is involved with,” Mitchell said.
“He has done a long coaching apprenticeship, and knows the NRL inside and out. He has a long association with Justin Holbrook stretching back many years, based on mutual respect for each other’s abilities and their outstanding qualities as human beings.
“Like Justin, Jim gets the best out of his players because of the respect he shows to them, and the respect he commands in return with his rugby league knowledge and fabulous pedigree in the game.
“Jim has been there and done it all as a player, and the incredible toughness, resilience and skill that were hallmarks of his career as a player are also the attributes that he builds into the teams he coaches.
“Everyone at the Gold Coast Titans is extremely excited to have Jim onboard, and working closely with Justin to have the Titans reach their full potential.”