Rugby League


Titans kept in the loop over debts, says Bird

GREG BIRD admits the ongoing saga surrounding the Gold Coast Titans has caused some concern among the players, but the NSW star is confident the embattled NRL club will survive.

The Titans appear to have alleviated their financial woes, in the region of $25 million, with an agreement struck last month to sell their ill-fated Centre of Excellence at Robina.

On Thursday under-fire chief executive Michael Searle put the property arm of the business into voluntary administration in a move he said would help creditors receive a greater return on money owed to them.

Despite their large debts, the Titans have continued to make big-money signings with South Sydney's representative forward David Taylor last month agreeing to a lucrative deal starting next year.

Bird said payments to the players had been made, and they had been continuously updated about the situation.

''We haven't been shielded away from what's going on, we've gone into training and worked hard and that would be the same if the scandal was going on or it wasn't,'' Bird said. ''The boys have spoken about what is going on but I don't think it's a factor for our poor start to the season.


''The club has told us right from the start about what exactly is happening and we're comfortable that it's the truth.''

However, the former Cronulla star said the uncertainty, coupled with the team's poor start to the season, which has yielded just two victories from seven matches, had not helped morale, making last week's shock win over premiers Manly all the more special.

''Going out and beating the premiers gives you massive confidence,'' he said.