Rookie Gold Coast Titans coach John Cartwright has had his contract with the NRL club extended until the end of the 2011 season.
Titans chief executive Michael Searle today confirmed Cartwright's initial three-year deal had been renegotiated to five years. Searle says Cartwright's style suits the club and he has no doubt he can take them to a premiership in that period.
Cartwright, who has made a great fist of his debut with the Titans still in the finals hunt, says the extended offer came out of the blue but he accepted on the spot.
Meanwhile, injury-ravaged NRL premiers Brisbane have received some welcome good news about injured utility player Michael Ennis.
Ennis underwent shoulder surgery yesterday and it was feared his season would be over.
But the shoulder damage was nowhere near as extensive as thought and he could be back playing in the last round against Parramatta and in the finals if Brisbane get there.
Brisbane's injury crisis hit new depths at the weekend with Shaun Berrigan requiring facial surgery on Monday which has ended his season. Prop Ben Hannant has a serious AC joint injury that'll keep him off the field for at least a month, while Tonie Carroll is also struggling with a neck injury and was not named for Sunday's big clash with Melbourne.