Titans players have swapped footy boots for work boots in a community initiative by Gold Coast coach Garth Brennan.
Every player in the squad will undertake four days this week out in the workforce in addition to their usual training load.
Brennan, along with the Welfare, Education and Commercial departments, placed each of the Titans 31 squad members across a range of different businesses for the week.
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From washing cars, labouring and brick laying to landscaping, plumbing and electrical, each player will take part in labour-intensive work to help build character among the squad.
“We started pre-season training early and it has been something I have been thinking about for a while,” Brennan told Titans.com.au.
“I know some other clubs do similar things but for us this about so much more. Our entire squad will be supporting locals in our community and supporting the local businesses that support us.
“A lot of our players come through the grades and straight into full-time training. I want them to experience what it’s like for our corporates, members and fans. What it’s like to have a full day of work and then go to training, or the gym.”
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In addition to helping the players gain a new perspective on their own careers, Brennan wanted his squad to rub shoulders with Titans fans in the community that supports the team.
“It’s also about the players being out in the community,” Brennan said.
“I want the people of the Gold Coast to know our players and feel like they can approach them for a chat wherever they are.
“There are so many reasons and I can only see the positives in doing something like this. I know the entire playing group are keen to get out and get their hands dirty.
“Hopefully this short period spent out with these businesses will give them a taste of what it’s like but will also help them show some gratitude and to be thankful for the job that they do have as professional sportspeople.”