The Gold Coast Titans have parted ways with coach Neil Henry after three years at the club, the club announced on Monday.

Henry joined the Titans in 2014 after stints with the North Queensland Cowboys and Canberra Raiders, where he won the Dally M Coach of the Year award in 2008.

The decision follows reports of a rift between the coach and Titans fullback Jarryd Hayne. The Titans reached the NRL Telstra Premiership finals series last year but are ranked 14th on the ladder after 24 rounds this season.

Titans CEO Graham Annesley fronted the media on Monday afternoon to confirm Henry’s time at the club had come to an end, describing the decision to remove the coach from his position as a “polarising issue”.

“It was a particularly difficult conversation to have, everyone feels… for Neil and his family,” Annesley said.

“The timing was not of the board’s desire. Unfortunately the timing was taken out of the board’s hands with the events that took place.

“By and large the board were driven by one agenda and one agenda only: to make a decision in the best interests of the club… in 2018 and beyond.

“We wish Neil nothing but the best for the future, and made it very velar to Neil that he’ll be welcome around this club.

“Everyone is hurting a little bit today.”

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