Michael Searle

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Michael Searle
Playing information
Position Forward
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1988–1995 Gold Coast Seagulls 54 7 0 9 28

Michael Searle is an Australian businessman and rugby league football identity. He was the first Chief Executive for the Gold Coast Titans, whose inaugural season in the National Rugby League was 2007. Searle also manages an accountancy firm, an international talent management group and headed the push for an independent commission to take over the running of the NRL.[1] This occurred in 2012.

Playing career[edit]

Son of former player Tom Searle, Michael Searle played rugby league in the forwards for the Gold Coast club of the 1980s and 90s.

Administration career[edit]

A month after starting an accountancy firm, at age 29 Searle agreed to lead the Gold Coast's bid for an NRL licence on 15 March 1999.[2] The Titans' first season was the 2007 Telstra Premiership. During the 2012 NRL season it was revealed that the Titans club was heavily in debt and the prospect of bankruptcy hung over the club. Gold Coast managed to recover but it would be Searle's last year in the Chief Executive role.


  1. ^ English, Ben (2009-10-10). "A man's mission to unite NRL". The Daily Telegraph. Herald and Weekly Times. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 
  2. ^ Badel, Peter (13 September 2009). "Michael Searle proud of Gold Coast Titans". The Sunday Mail. Australia: Queensland Newspapers. Retrieved 6 November 2010.