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Myles likes look of Knights

By Adrian Warren And Wayne Heming 13/05/2011 06:35:06 PM Comments (0)

Gold Coast target Nate Myles admits Newcastle are an attractive option for him, with master coach Wayne Bennett taking the reins there next NRL season.

The Titans will need to see off a Newcastle offer reportedly worth $350,000 a season to snare Myles, who has been given permission to negotiate an exit from the Sydney Roosters due to salary cap pressures.

The Queensland star has already rejected a move to Parramatta.

"I think that the way Newcastle is going, I think any club with Wayne Bennett is an attractive thing, but my focus is the Roosters and giving 100 per cent," Myles told reporters on Friday.

"I'm not really sure what's going on at the moment, I'm sort of weighing things up a bit, but my focus is on winning this weekend (against Cronulla)."

Myles' comments came as the Titans confirmed Melbourne's Beau Champion will join young powerhouse Jamal Idris as the club's centre pairing in 2012.

Champion on Friday signed a three-year deal with the Titans after taking up an option for a release from the final years of his contract with the Storm for family reasons.

On Tuesday, Gold Coast re-signed veteran prop Luke Bailey for another two years, keeping him at the club until the end of 2013.

The Titans now have their radar tuned to Roosters forward Myles to complete an impressive shopping spree for 2012 and beyond.

The addition of Champion, on top of the coup signing of Idris, gives the Titans the X-factor they've been missing.

Champion said he wasn't happy living in Melbourne after he left South Sydney this season to help make room for Greg Inglis at the Rabbitohs.

"The Storm have been fantastic with me throughout the whole process and I'm really looking to finish the season off well before I join the Titans," said Champion, currently sidelined with a shoulder injury.

"It's been awesome to play alongside the calibre of players that I have, but I just felt Melbourne wasn't the right thing for me off the field."

Champion said the Titans were his one and only choice.

"I've got a lot of family on the mid north coast (of NSW), right from Kempsey to Coffs Harbour and up towards Ballina, so I'm happy to be closer to them.

"I also love what the Titans are about, too.

"A guy like Preston Campbell epitomises what the club is about and the community is a big part of my life."

Titans coach John Cartwright has a high opinion of Champion.

"He's verging on State of Origin selection," Cartwright said. "He's copped an injury which has probably ruled him out this year, but he was very close to selection this year."

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