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The plot thickens; the five charged players are expected to sue the Titans if they`re not allowed to play according to the Sydney Telegraph. Falloon and Dowling are due in court 5th March,so they expect to be selected for the first game, and Bird, Taylor and Fiafia Loa expect to be selected for the second game following their court appearances on 9th March. This could get very ugly, the Titans obviously in no shape to face a massive litigation, though no doubt the NRL will be quickly getting their lawyers onto the scene and advising the club accordingly. What a bloody mess this could very easily become, the game suffering again as it always does.
Well the Titans have been put in administration and have gone under the control of the NRL, so let`s hope the club will ride this out and eventually come out the other side with an optimistic future. It looks like this would`ve happened even without this latest players` aberration as they don`t have a major sponsor. Let`s hope the Gold Coast will get behind the club in its hour of need, but somehow I have my doubts. History tells us that the Gold Coast doesn`t really care too much for its sporting teams in most codes. League, soccer and basketball have all seen teams disappear from national competitions in recent years and Aussie Rules only survives through a massive investment from the AFL, so you`d have to think it`s going to be a long struggle. Anyway, we`ll be there for the first game and for as many games as we can get to this season. I`m a Warriors supporter through and through, but me and the missus will be there so we can do our bit to hopefully ensure the Gold Coast Titans survive this season and beyond.
Terrible news for the ever dwindling Titans fans with the start of the season not much more than ten days away now. The only winners of course will be the top lawyers that these blokes will have to hire to get them out of this latest predicament and you can be sure they`ll spin it out for as long as they can, so I wouldn`t expect an outcome for several months at best. Whether they`ll be allowed to play under the "innocent until proven guilty" scenario is debatable. I guess that`s what David Smith will be talking to the club about today, as well some assurances (hopefully) that the club won`t be shown the door in the fullness of time. We do need an NRL club here on the Gold Coast, sure attendances aren`t exactly at the ground full level, but neither are they anywhere at the moment no matter how Smith tries to tell us otherwise. Neil Henry needs to show what he can do post Cartwright, let`s hope he`ll get the chance.