How wonderfully convenient for the NRL owned Titans that they were the only ones able to pick up the next NSW Hooker in this sorry mess.
Considering that the NRL owns the Knights at the moment too, Newcastle need a hooker more than the titans do - and newcastle/hunter is a much more important area to the NRL than the GC, I would say that ownership had nothing to do with it
Really feel sorry for the genuine NRL supporters up there. After 3 or 4 re-incarnations they are pretty much dead in the water forever when the Titans inevitably fold.
I went to CBUS back in Round 3, there were literally more Tigers supporters than Titans supporters. So out of a crowd of 10000, less than 5000 Gold Coast locals of a population of half a fucking million odd bothered to turn up on a perfect Saturday night.
The saddest moment of the night though, aside from the Tigers losing...was when we hailed a cab to go to the ground. I figured "we are off to the game" whilst all kitted out in Tigers gear would be ample evidence as to our destination. The cab driver said "Metricon?". I said "No, Titans/Tigers are playing." He said, "Ahhhh, Robina, I've never been there but I know where it is".
Bearing in mind the AFL season hadn't even started yet.
Thing is they don't even have a shit stadium to whinge about; CBUS facilities were excellent and the field looked awesome.