TFH Hire Services have continued their commitment to the Gold Coast Titans as a major partner of the club and the Titans’ playing jersey sleeve sponsor ahead of the 2020 NRL season.
TFH Hire Services Director Brett Thomas has issued a personal and public apology to Titans captain Ryan James, who “unfairly” became the public focal point of a private issue between the company and the club.
“I sincerely apologise to Ryan James, and his family, for any hurt my comments caused. It was a stupid thing to say, and it’s not how I think or who I am,” Thomas told the club website.
“During sponsorship negotiations with the Titans, I overreacted and unfairly brought Ryan into a situation that had nothing to do with him.
“I’ve known Ryan for seven years and have a great relationship with him. I’ve spoken with Ryan over the past few days to check on his welfare and to personally apologise to him.
“Ryan is a man of tremendous character, and I’m grateful he accepted my apology.
“Ryan does amazing work for our community, and grassroots rugby league, and we’ve both committed to continue to work together for the betterment of our community.
“TFH is also proud to reaffirm our sponsorship with the Titans in 2020. TFH has been with the Titans since 2013, and we remain committed to the Club and our local community.
“We stand united with the Titans. There are lots of good things happening at the Club, and we are excited for the 2020 season.”
Titans Chief Executive Steve Mitchell was happy that one of the clubs long-term sponsors was on-board again for 2020.
“We have had some direct, honest and positive two-way conversations with TFH around their commitment to the Club, and the Titans are happy this long-term relationship will continue into the 2020 season,” Mitchell said.
“We are pleased TFH will continue with us, the rest of the Titans’ corporate partners, our Members and fans as we work together towards a positive and productive future on the Gold Coast.”
Titans Head of Performance and Culture Mal Meninga has praised Mr Thomas and TFH for fixing the situation with humility and respect.
“Like Ryan did on grand final night, Brett made a mistake, and just like with Ryan, people are prepared to forgive and forget if that mistake is owned with sincerity and authenticity,” Meninga said.
“Brett and TFH have been long-term supporters of the Titans, and that they have put their hand up over this, and apologised directly to Ryan for their mistake, shows the real character of the company that we are proud to call our partners at the Titans.
“We look forward to TFH being with us again in 2020, and continuing this great relationship and our shared passion for rugby league and our local community.”