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The Gold Coast Titans on Friday announced the appointment of respected senior club executive, Brian Canavan, to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer.

The creation of the role and the streamlining of the club's administrative structure is the final component of the internal review of the club's operations that began 18 months ago.

The new structure places the club on a more commercially focused and efficient footing with three key departments covering all aspects of the club's operations – Chief Operating Officer (including football), Commercial and Finance.

Chief Executive Officer, Graham Annesley, lauded Canavan's appointment is a major coup for the Titans given his extensive experience in football operations, development and the administration of the game at the elite level.

"Brian is not only an experienced Rugby League administrator, he is also a quality individual who will further add to the public credibility of this club as we continue to rebuild and improve", Mr Annesley said.

"Over the course of his 18 years at the Roosters, Brian has been an integral part of the management of one of the most successful clubs in the game. His acquisition by the Titans is as important as any other made in the club's short history."

Canavan's starting date will be confirmed in coming days but the club hopes to have him on board as soon as possible after his relocation from Sydney.

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