OPINION: Writing on the wall for Titans
Behind the desk, with Bill North
THE writing was on the wall when Gold Coast Titans entered the NRL in 2007.
Don't get me wrong, there were promising signs early and they reached the finals for the first time in 2009.
But rugby league has a sad history on the Gold Coast. The Giants/Seagulls/Chargers were classics for the spoon in 90s. compared to Newcastle and Brisbane - who also joined in 1988 and have since won eight premierships between them, it has always been a bleak outlook for Gold Coast teams.
A growing perhaps population warranted another team. But the explosion of new teams - throw in the Suns in AFL and Rollers in NBL - exceeded the market for fans.
Throw in the fact Gold Coast is the party capital of Australia - and with that comes party-drug capital - and what better candidates to get sucked into the "high" life than cashed up footy players in their 20s.
Footy players have to remember it's sponsors and fans who pay their wages. The players are part of an entertainment package and no matter how swollen their egos or attractive their entourage, they are never larger than it.