Pain goes on for Gold Coast footy fans

Gold Coast NRL players look on after the Titans concede another try during their dismal season. (AAP)

Whether it's the AFL or the NRL, 2019 has been another year of pain for Gold Coast footy fans.

It's only July, but 2019 has been another season to forget for Gold Coast footy fans.

In the NRL, Gold Coast coach Garth Brennan appears to be a dead man walking.

The Titans have slumped to second-last on the ladder with a dismal 4-11 record.

Big name recruits such as ex-NSW representative Tyrone Peachey and hulking forward Shannon Boyd have flopped, while million-dollar halfback Ash Taylor hasn't been sighted since the start of June after taking a break for personal reasons.

League legend Mal Meninga is set to deliver the outcomes from his mid-season review of the Titans' football operations to the club's board next week, and it's expected Brennan will not survive.

The second-year coach has won just 12 of 39 games at the helm of the Titans, who have played just one finals match in the past nine seasons.

Titans fans will be further dismayed since learning that representative forward Jai Arrow will be free to negotiate with rival clubs in November.

"We have started conversations with Jai and his manager, positive conversations about his future at the club, and I am confident that he wants to stay, and that we want to keep him," Meninga assured.

The club's coaching position will surely play a big role in whether Arrow commits, with Queensland State of Origin coach Kevin Walters tipped as the favourite for the role if Brennan is sacked.

Things are not much better up the road at Metricon Stadium, where the AFL's Suns were embarrassed by Richmond on Saturday.

The Tigers scored 100 points by halftime in the 92-point shellacking which left the Suns on the bottom of the AFL ladder.

A 3-1 start to the season had given hope that wooden spoon predictions, following the departures of several big names including co-captains Tom Lynch and Steven May, were off the mark.

But a subsequent 11-game losing run has drained that optimism.

"My fear is the AFL actually feel that things are going well, but they are that far off being a thriving football club that it is ridiculous," ex-Brisbane forward Alistair Lynch told SEN about the Suns.

"I seriously think that you need AFL intervention to help this team get an opportunity to play in finals."

Unlike Brennan, Suns coach Stuart Dew's position isn't under threat, but having not made the top eight since joining the AFL in 2011 - it's no wonder fans are voting with their feet.

After average attendances of 19,169 in their maiden campaign, the Suns have averaged 11,685 fans at home so far in 2019.

Lynch says preventing the drain of talent at the Suns is the biggest hurdle the club faces.

"You have Lynch and May - their two co-captains - leave last year, their captain the year before - Gary Ablett - leaves and (Charlie) Dixon, (Dion) Prestia, (Josh) Caddy," he said.

"If they don't stop that all, it will be is just a post-draft developing school for other clubs to just pick at."

Source AAP

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