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Titans step up talks with Boyd

David Beniuk 16/04/2011 05:45:09 PM Comments (0)

Gold Coast will step up negotiations with off-contract St George Illawarra star Darius Boyd in the next week.

Boyd is widely tipped to follow Dragons coach Wayne Bennett to Newcastle next year but was a Gold Coast junior and has expressed a desire to one day return to south-eastern Queensland.

"We have expressed interest to Darius's management and from our point of view we understand Darius would consider coming back to the Gold Coast," Titans chief executive Michael Searle told the Gold Coast Bulletin.

"We are looking to move forward with negotiations over the next week or so."

Boyd, who played under Bennett at Brisbane before following him south, also hasn't ruled out remaining with the Dragons.

The 23-year-old Clive Churchill Medallist said on Saturday he was yet to make a decision.

"Wayne only made the decision a few days ago," Boyd told the DMG radio network.

"I've always said I'd like to be coached under him as long as I could but I haven't really had a chance to think about it that much myself either.

"I suppose in the next few weeks I'm going to make a decision."

The Titans have already snared Canterbury star Jamal Idris on a five-year deal from 2012.

Bennett said Boyd would make his own call on his future.

"Darius, like me, is at the Dragons right now and Darius is his own man," Bennett told DMG.

"He'll make his own decisions."

But the supercoach shut down any discussion of his intentions at the Knights, saying he would not speak about his new club until he finishes the 2011 season with St George Illawarra.

"My job is to build football teams, not destroy them, and by me continually referring to one that I'm going to doesn't help anybody and it certainly doesn't help the one that I'm at," he said.

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