Skilled Park, the new home of the Jetstar Gold Coast Titans, is only months old as a venue but was today honoured as a site of historical significance to rugby league.

As part of the game’s Centenary of Rugby League celebrations, a special ARL Centenary Plaque was today unveiled to provide recognition of the ground’s importance in the re-establishment of top-level rugby league on the Gold Coast.

The ARL Centenary Plaque will be installed permanently at Skilled Park – one of almost 180 sites around the country being chosen as venues of historical significance during the game’s 100th birthday celebrations.

Jetstar Titans chairman Paul Broughton, one of the leading men behind the rebirth of professional rugby league on the Gold Coast, said Skilled Park deserved to be recognised as having a pivotal role in the establishment of the Titans.

While the Jetstar Titans are embarking on only their second season in the NRL, Mr Broughton’s dream for rugby league on the Gold Coast began many years before the club was given the green light to enter the competition.

“Our organisation, I believe, is the best in the game of rugby league at the moment,’’ said Mr Broughton.

“The ensuing path of this stadium has brought a profile to this city and to our organisation that wouldn’t have been possible without it.

“I think the infrastructure brought about by the pioneers of rugby league in this city, south of the border and in south-east Queensland will ensure the game will never falter.’’

Mr Broughton said ‘belief’ and ‘tenacity’ were the defining characteristics which helped keep the Gold Coast’s rugby league dream alive after the failure of other clubs on the tourist strip.

“For the bid team, Michael Searle and myself, we never ever believed that it wouldn’t be achieved,’’ he said.

“The easy part was actually the belief, but turning that belief into reality required an enormous amount of lobbying and tenacity. I think that’s what we possess most of all.’’