REVEALED: Who will take on the Titans in Gladstone
THE Gold Coast Titans' opponents for the historic NRL match to be played at Marley Brown Oval has been revealed.
The Manly Sea Eagles will clash with the Titans in Round 5 next season, likely to be the weekend of April 7-8.
It might not be a State of Origin game, but the revelation means the Gold Coast Titans will have a lot of support.
"This will be an NRL game as part of the season. What's so exciting is that Gladstone Rugby League are celebrating 100 years and what better way to celebrate than to have an NRL game here?"
Manly has some talented players including the often-maligned Daly Cherry-Evans, who is originally from regional Queensland, having grown up in Mackay.
Mr Butcher said having Manly play in Gladstone was "absolutely fabulous".
"It's going to be a wonderful day next year for Gladstone," he said.
Cr Burnett said he expected it to be a bit of a Titans' "home game" given Manly are a team everybody loves to hate.
Mr Annesley said Cr Burnett had been "doggedly tenacious" in securing the bid.
"At times I thought my phone was going to go into meltdown as the mayor lobbied as hard as he possibly could to make sure this game came to Gladstone," he said.
Mr Annesley said to be able to get out to Gladstone was going to be great to expand their fan base throughout Queensland.
He said the club had no concerns about the facilities at Marley Brown Oval.
The Titans will arrive before the match and work with local schools.
It is hoped a successful game next year will attract the Titans back to Gladstone on a regular basis.