Time for Titans to start again
The surroundings will be a lot more luxurious than that which welcomed the inaugural Titans squad in the summer of 2006 but when the Gold Coast squad assembles for pre-season training on November 1 it will mark the second phase of the NRL's newest franchise.
The final piece of the puzzle fell into place on Tuesday when Neil Henry was named as the successor to foundation coach John Cartwright but such has been the tumultuous nature of the second half of their season that it will be a very different Titans team that turns out in 2015.
Founding father Michael Searle will have relinquished his position on the board, and in the football department foundation John Cartwright is no longer calling the shots and players who have been regulars for the past few years will be told in no uncertain terms that Henry won't be one to play favourites.
Veterans Mark Minichiello, Luke Bailey and Ashley Harrison will be farewelled on Sunday, their places in the squad taken by youngsters Matt Robinson (Penrith) and Lachlan Burr (Canterbury) with limited NRL experience.
The findings of the Titans' internal review are still to be handed down but it is already clear that the club is prepared to undertake a major overhaul in order to win back the faith of their local fans and to ensure the long-term viability of the club.
But CEO Graham Annesley issued this warning: It's going to take time.
"I don't think anyone is under any illusion that this can be turned around overnight. There are no magic wands that can turn a team around simply by changing a coach," Annesley said
"From our point of view, we know it's going to be a difficult task so we need our people to be patient, we need our members to be patient and our partners to be patient but I think they are entitled to expect improved performances and that's where we're all heading."
Having won the 2008 Dally M Coach of the Year award while at Canberra and guided the Cowboys to three straight finals series between 2011-2013, Henry is the man tasked with reinvigorating a playing group that will be minus some very familiar faces.
His omission of Kevin Gordon since taking over as interim coach is proof that past deeds will count for little and on his first day in charge he recognised the importance of developing a more fertile nursery of junior talent.
Under the guidance on Ben Woolf – the first full-time under-20s coach in the club's history – the Holden Cup team has this year developed into a formidable unit with half Kane Elgey named in the Holden Cup Team of the Year.
It's an accepted rule in the corporate world that it is easier to retain a customer than acquire a new one and one of the many challenges now facing Henry is how to generate a flow of young talent into the top grade to complement the existing roster.
"We're all realistic with the board that we know it's going to be a building process for us," Henry said.
"We're looking at getting some juniors coming through – you've seen an improvement in our NYC team and the players coming through there – so hopefully we start to get a flow-on effect through our ranks anyway.
"It's going to be a challenge around the cap; we do have a lot of players coming off [contract] next year so there's an opportunity to really be in the marketplace after next season and as with all this you need to get your recruitment right and target the players and get the quality players and improve other players coming through."
That long-term thinking is the primary reason Henry was offered a three-year term to turn around the club's flailing finals fortunes according to Annesley.
"Talking about the length of term, if you are looking at any experienced coach, trying to get an experienced coach to take on a job under three years is going to be difficult," he said.
"Obviously the first season Neil has inherited a group of players for next year. Yes there might be some minor changes but largely the squad is intact, so he has to spend the first year trying to get them to play a different brand of football.
"If you have a two-year contract he is then in the second year trying to hold onto his job so I think a three-year contract for an experienced coach is probably the least that they could expect."