Gold Coast Titans hire Mat Rogers as backs coach

ED JACKSON
Last updated 13:06 19/11/2012

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Retired dual international Mat Rogers will have to prove himself as a coach quickly after being charged with developing Gold Coast's group of young halves.

Rogers was named as the Titans' backs coach by the NRL club on Monday, giving him the task of finding the on-field replacement for departed captain Scott Prince.

It means Rogers will have to groom players such as Jordan Rankin, Aidan Sezer, Albert Kelly and Beau Henry into NRL-ready players following Prince's controversial departure to rivals Brisbane last month.

But the 36-year-old says the challenge of moulding the Titans' next generation was part of the attraction of taking on the position.

"That's the exciting part of it. It's not about walking in here and everything's laid out," Rogers told reporters.

"I would hate coming in here and working with guys that don't need me to be here.

"The idea is to come here, make an impact and make a difference."

Titans' head coach John Cartwright admits he's thrown his former player a big task but he is also confident both Rogers and the players can make it a success.

Cartwright pointed to Canterbury's 2012 campaign under unheralded halves pairing Kris Keating and Josh Reynolds as evidence you don't have to boast established players at halfback and five-eighth to do well.

"I know a lot of people look at stats to see that you need a gun six or seven to make headway in this competition - I'm not of that theory," he said.

"With what we have here, I'm very excited. There's guys there that are really going to come out of their shell.

"There's no miracles there but the main thing those guys need is confidence and belief and I think Mat can help them with that."

Cartwright said a decision on who would replace Prince as the club's captain wouldn't be rushed and was likely to be made closer to the end of the off-season.

"The leaders generally pick themselves," he said.

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