The Jetstar Gold Coast Titans have extended their feeder club relationship with the Tweed Heads Seagulls RLFC until the end of the 2010 season.
In a joint announcement, the Seagulls Leagues Club has also become an official sponsor of the Jetstar Titans and a support sponsor of the Gold Coast Titans Junior Development Program.
“These landmark agreements will continue to provide aspiring young footballers from the Northern Rivers region with an important pathway towards becoming a professional NRL player without having to relocate,” Seagulls managing director Michael Searle said.
The announcements come just days after the Titans proudly sported their heritage jersey, which is based on the design of the Seagulls’ traditional playing strip, to score a thrilling 26-24 victory over the Brisbane Broncos and keep the club’s unbeaten record at Skilled Park in tact.
The Seagulls have a proud history and were the first rugby league club to be established outside of Sydney, having been formed in 1908 and playing their first competition game in 1909.
“We’re happy to extend our commitment into the Northern Rivers area,’’ said Searle.
“It’s exciting to be involved with Seagulls as they embark on their 100th season as one of the oldest clubs in the game.’’
Seagulls football club president Wayne Fitzpatrick said it was exciting to continue Tweed Heads’ relationship with the Titans.
The Seagulls Leagues Club is owned by the North Sydney Leagues Club Ltd.
Norths Group chief executive officer Mr Hans Sarlemyn said the organisation was proud to be associated with the Titans.
“With strong and important rugby league histories at Seagulls in the Tweed region we see that the ties between these iconic organisations as a logical step for the young players in the Northern Rivers area to progress into the NRL through the Titans,’’ he said.
Kyogle’s Shannon Walker and Will Matthews, and Ballina’s Andrew Battese, are members of the Titans’ junior development squads.