Titans players on notice after coach exit

Dale Copley (r) has a chat with Luke Burt, one of the interim coaches, at Titans training.
Dale Copley (r) has a chat with Luke Burt, one of the interim coaches, at Titans training.

Prove yourself or you're out. That's the blunt message delivered to Gold Coast's playing squad following NRL coach Garth Brennan's sacking.

Brennan paid the price for the Titans' underwhelming NRL campaign with last Friday's 24-2 defeat to Penrith leaving the club last on the ladder.

A day after his sacking was announced, Titans players met with the club's head of performance and culture Mal Meninga who made it clear the players have the remainder of the season to avoid joining Brennan in the exit row.

"We're still under review. That's the crux of it," outside back Dale Copley said.

"We're all under review now. He's the first one to lose his job out of this but if the season finished we're getting the wooden spoon ... I dare say he won't be the last.

"As a playing group we've got eight weeks, that's all we know. That's all the clarity that we have about the future of who our coaches are, whose going to be here.

"We'll just get on with it for the eight weeks and try and get a few good results."

Copley, who joined the Titans in 2017, has now seen two coaches come and go in his time at the club.

He says while it was clear a change had to be made given performances, it was also obvious the players had to take responsibility for not responding to Neil Henry's departure two years ago.

"We've been underperforming ever since that season when King got his contract terminated," Copley said.

"We haven't got to where we need to get to and that's the reality of it. There's a line been drawn in the sand by the hierarchy of this club that that's no longer good enough and it's our job as a playing group for the next eight weeks to start to put that change in."

Interim coaches Craig Hodges and Luke Burt have wasted no time swinging the selection axe with several changes made to the team for Sunday's visit by high-flying Melbourne.

They have made six changes including a club debut for new recruit Sam Stone.

"Something had to change," Copley said.

"You don't sit on the bottom of the ladder and think everything's going rosy for you ... all we can focus on is we've got eight weeks and that's the long and short of it."

Australian Associated Press