Henry has signed on with the Titans until the end of the 2017 season.
The Gold Coast Titans have announced Neil Henry has been appointed head coach on a three-year deal beginning next season.
Henry, who has held the role as interim coach since the departure of John Cartwright after round 22, formerly coached the Canberra Raiders and the North Queensland Cowboys in between 2007 and 2013, before joining the Titans as assistant at the end of last season.
Henry said he was delighted to able to continue with the Titans’ current squad.
“I’m obviously very happy to again be a head coach in the NRL but I want to certainly pay tribute to John Cartwright who, with Michael Searle, set this club up and have given a tremendous platform for the succeeding coach to build from,” he said.
“It has obviously been a tough year but I’m excited about the prospects at the Titans. I have enjoyed living and working here this year and I’m glad to be able to be here longer.
“The goal is obviously to climb the ladder and get the fans behind us like in the initial years. I, like many, want the Gold Coast community to have a successful team they are proud and I will be doing all I can to achieve that.”
Gold Coast chief executive Graham Annesley said Henry was the standout candidate for the position.
“Neil is vastly respected and his record stands for itself,” said Annesley.
“He has had the benefit of a season with us and has had 12 seasons as a head coach and assistant coach in the NRL and with the four years Queensland State of Origin side.
“To take a team to the finals three years running in the NRL is a very good achievement at any club and we’re fortunate to have his experience and working with him to lift the Titans back to the finals.”
Henry’s job will be made all the more difficult after the departure of Luke Bailey, Ashley Harrison and Mark Minichiello for next season, with Bailey and Harrison retiring and Minichiello heading to the English Super League.