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Titans calm Tandy fears

By David Beniuk 15/04/2011 06:39:21 PM Comments (0)

Gold Coast have moved to reassure the NRL they have no intention of signing controversial prop Ryan Tandy.

Titans officials contacted league boss David Gallop on Friday morning as reports emerged claiming Tandy had met with the club's chief executive Michael Searle.

Tandy, who is facing charges of lying to police investigating irregular betting on an NRL match, reportedly accompanied player agent Sam Ayoub as he discussed Melbourne centre Beau Champion's future with Searle.

"The Gold Coast contacted me early this morning to say that they are not negotiating with Ryan Tandy," Gallop told AAP.

Ayoub, who is also Tandy's manager, has been charged with attempting to defraud a betting agency along with colourful league identity John Elias.

All three men are on bail and will appear in court on May 26.

The charges stem from an investigation into a betting plunge on the first scoring option in the now infamous North Queensland-Canterbury NRL match last August.

Tandy was sacked by the Bulldogs last month after the club said he refused to answer questions about whether he had bet on another NRL match between Canterbury and the Titans.

His journeyman career appeared to be in tatters and Gallop said on Friday the NRL would be unlikely to register any contract for Tandy.

No club has sought to do so.

"The position remains that if a club sought to register him at this time, there would have to be a big question mark over that registration as far as we're concerned," Gallop said.

Melbourne, meanwhile, expect to know next month whether Champion will take up the option of a further two years with the Storm.

"He'll make up his mind in due course and we expect to sit down with him in May," Storm football operations manager Frank Ponissi told AAP.

"He's very happy football wise.

"He didn't know how he'd fit in living away from home and being in Melbourne.

"He just wanted a couple of months to see how he goes and then he'll make a decision for 2012 and 2013.

"We're very comfortable with it.

"We'd love him to stay and we've told him that and he's highly regarded by everyone and we'd love him to stay.

"Hopefully he will."

As well as the Titans, the Bulldogs are in the market for a centre to replace Jamal Idris, while Cronulla and Newcastle also tried to lure the giant 20-year-old.

The Storm have another centre, the injury-prone Chase Stanley, coming off contract and sound less than confident he will stay in the southern capital.

"He's very close with his family so whether he decides to go back to Sydney, that's something we'll discuss," Ponissi said.

"But we'd love for him to stay on, absolutely."

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