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Henry signs as Titans assistant coach

Neil Henry. Photo The Australian/Getty 
Former North Queensland Cowboys coach Neil Henry has officially signed on as Gold Coast Titans mentor John Cartwright's NRL assistant for 2014.

Henry links with Cartwright's fellow deputies Steve Murphy and Trevor Gillmeister after ending his rollercoaster ride at the Cowboys earlier this season.

Henry was told in July that his services would not be required in 2014 after early-season title favourites the Cowboys slumped to a 6-12 record.

They went on to win six straight games to dramatically force their way into the finals - only to be knocked out by Cronulla 20-18 in the first round in a loss that included a seventh-tackle try to the Sharks.

Henry had been linked to the Titans role after ruling himself out of the running for the top job at Parramatta.

Cartwright looked forward to picking the brain of Henry who enjoyed four years at the Cowboys helm after also holding the head coach reins at Canberra (2007-09).

"Neil has plenty of experience coaching in the NRL so to have someone of his calibre joining the club will add enormously to our coaching group," said Cartwright.

"I'm sure the players are going to be the ones that benefit, as an extra member of the coaching staff will ensure that they receive more one-on-one time with the coaches."

Henry was flattered that the Titans created an assistant coaching role for him.

"The club has made a commitment to strengthening their coaching staff and that gives me the opportunity to work a bit more hands on with the players than you do as a head coach so I'm excited about that," he said.

The Titans resume pre-season training in early November.

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