Titans unveil coastal look
THE people have spoken and the Gold Coast Titans have listened.
Yesterday Titans fans had their first chance to see the jersey which will carry the hopes and aspirations of the region into the 2007 NRL season.
The jerseys, both home and away colours, were unveiled at Conrad Jupiters.
The final choice of jersey was made after an extensive poll of six designs was put to the public on the Internet.
It was all part of the Titans' approach to embrace and involve the local community and develop a sense of 'ownership' by Tweed and Gold Coast rugby league fans.
The home strip will be predominantly blue and gold, with white flashes and touches of bronze which "reflect the colours of the Gold Coast lifestyle".
The away strip is white with the blue and gold as trim.
Titans chief executive officer, Michael Searle said the decision had taken some time, but the final decision was what the majority of those who participated in the survey wanted.
Option five was the clear winner of the six options put to the public, registering 36 per cent of the 50,000 votes.
The jersey will be collarless, following the trend set by the Brisbane Broncos and Parramatta Eels, and will be body-hugging for the players, reducing the chance of tacklers grabbing the jersey.
A decision on shorts and socks is till be finalised but it is tipped that the shorts will be blue with gold flashes and the socks blue as well.
The supporters' jumpers will be looser fitting but in the same style.
Yesterday, in a clear sign that the Titans were looking to reach the footy fans of the future, the new jerseys were modelled by boys and girls of the Gold Coast junior rugby league and members of the club's development squad.
The young 'models' were excited about having a team they could call their own in the national competition.
And the jersey, the logo and the colours met with plenty of approval.
"I think they look great," said 12-year-old Joel Smith.
Benson Thomas, 10, was eager to get to the first match.
"I'm looking forward to seeing the Titans playing and I'll definitely be going to their games," he said.
nThe new jerseys will be available for sale on the Gold Coast and Tweed from the second week in March at major sporting retail outlets, but for those who can't wait, there will be a limited number on sale at the NRL trial match at Carrara on Saturday, February 25 between the NZ Warriors and the Canterbury Bulldogs.