The key surely is for the RFL to push clubs into being more responsible with their money. Fundamentally I think that has been the problem. With the rise in the Aussie dollar and the massive bucks deals going on there just now, that should stop the influx of journeymen imports into this country - thankfully - and therefore clubs will be forced into looking at the talent we have at home first which, in turn, should save them a lot of cash. Those who have yet to do so may also give some thought to developing their own talent and perhaps putting in some effort to reach out to and work in partnership with amateur clubs in their localities or even outside them. There is bound to be talented young rugby league players in this country but it has been some time since clubs outside of the Championships have actually taken the time to look for them.
Ed Farish - General Manager of Finance and Compliance at Gold Coast Titans , is linked to the CEO job at Salford if the takeover goes through , English Born , he was ex Head of Finance at the NRL , and sent into Gold Coast in 2011 to sort out their Mess . Judging by the look of Horror on the Dr's face when he was asked about Salford's finances , they are looking to keep a tight reign on future spending.
The Titans were very good at creative accounting in a sport that invented rubbery figures with attendances. Crowds at their two home games have been estimated at only two-thirds the registered figures. Losing has a lot to do with the poor attendance. The club is the current NRL wooden spooner and has won one game from four this year.
They have also lost the support of some of the Gold Coast community. The tradesmen who have not been paid for work at the Centre of Excellence have families and friends, with former players living on the Gold Coast insisting this is a big factor in the downturn in crowds. The Titans would argue they pay the builders, and it is the responsibility of the builder to pay the subcontractors. However, the creditors extend from the Titans' cheergirls to the Tax Office.
The man employed to sort out this mess is Titans chief financial officer Ed Farish. Farish was the NRL director of finance but resigned to take the Gold Coast job.
He was highly regarded at the NRL for his capacity to find money in one budget and use it to meet a need in another. If Big Ed can divest the Titans of their property arm, he should be able to make the football club viable. And continue rugby league's fine tradition of defying the laws of economics.