A family connection with Gold Coast's NRL team has secured the services of a New Zealand legend as coach of the Titans' newly-founded netball franchise.
World championship-winning Silver Ferns midcourter Temepara Bailey is the foundation coach of the Titans, who'll compete in Queensland's state league competition from 2022.
Bailey is the mother of Titans hooker Erin Clark and that bond ensured the 46-year-old could be lured across the Tasman in a coup for the rookie outfit.
"It was a windfall for us really," Titans chief executive Steve Mitchell said.
"We had to look around at who we had coaching-wise from a talent point of view and there was some really good coaches around ... Temepara is right at the top."
A two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Bailey isn't the only possible connection between the Titans' NRL and netball arms with Jordan Ngarimu, the partner of Tino Fa'asuamaleaui, a highly credentialled netballer.
The Titans have signed a three-year deal to compete in Netball Queensland's Sapphire Series, with the ultimate aim of establishing a Super Netball franchise.
NRL powerhouse Melbourne already own the two-time Super Netball premiership-winning Sunshine Coast Lightning and are the obvious template for the Titans' ambitions.
Mitchell said that national focus is a goal for another day, with the club's initial hope to establish a pathway for the 11,500 netball players in the Gold Coast region.
"Our first focus is making sure we do the Sapphire Series really, really well," Mitchell said.
"We've learned that through rugby league.
"If you don't get that engagement right with your local community, that's your foundation, so that's our focus in the immediate to mid-term.
"We need to get that right and bring that community on board."
Australian Associated Press