AUSTRALIAN press reports are again strongly reporting that coach Justin Holbrook will be moving to the NRL to coach Gold Coast Titans.

The Queensland club, currently languishing at the foot of the league ladder, are expected to make an announcement tomorrow regarding their replacement for Garth Brennan, who was sacked a few weeks ago.

The Mole, on Wide World of Sports, is reporting that Holbrook has won the race to take over and that David Furner and Tony Iro will be his assistants.

Holbrook, who guided Saints to their first Wembley since 2008 at the weekend, has transformed the club in his two-and-a-half years.

There has, understandably, been a strong lobby to retain him - and a few weeks ago when the speculation once again emerged, Holbrook himself stated that the Saints club had done everything right.

If he does leave it will be due to the irresistable pull of the NRL rather than anything within Saints' powers.

Although nothing is final yet - a decision one way or another was anticipated before the end of this month anyhow.

In an update on the Gold Coast website Titans Executive Chairman Dennis Watt said no announcement on the club’s Head Coach for 2020 would be made today.

It read: “This is an important decision in the history of the Titans, and right from the start we have said that the Club will take its time and go through the proper process before the Club decides upon a candidate, and that decision is shared with our Members, fans, sponsors and the media,” Watt said.

“This process will not be rushed. The Club has been very thorough in its assessment and due diligence performed on each candidate to ensure the person who best fits the Club’s strategic plan is chosen as Titans Head Coach.

“We will inform all stakeholders when a decision and agreement has been reached.”