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Myles signs four-year deal with Titans

By Steve Jancetic 17/05/2011 08:07:45 PM Comments (0)

Their immediate future may look bleak, but Gold Coast's long-term NRL prospects received another boost on Tuesday with the signing of Sydney Roosters star Nate Myles to a four-year deal.

The Roosters released Myles from the final year of his contract to allow the Queensland State of Origin representative to head north in 2012, his signature joining that of Australian representative Jamal Idris and Cronulla prop Luke Douglas on the Titans' books.

Propped up by only Canberra on the NRL ladder, the Titans' 2011 finals hopes appear dashed less than halfway through the season but their longer-term future offers plenty of promise.

Myles and Idris are now both part of a core group of Titans on long-term deals with the club, with Myles' stay on the holiday strip carrying through to 2015 and Idris to 2016.

Douglas, skipper Scott Prince and electrifying winger Kevin Gordon are all signed through to 2014, while the club also invested heavily in coach John Cartwright by handing him a six-year deal prior to the start of this season.

"We have never hidden our desire to recruit Nate and have many times negotiated for his services, so to be able to land his agreement is a great coup for our clubs plans for 2012 and beyond," Titans managing director Michael Searle said.

"Having a high-quality State of Origin player of Nate Myles' calibre come to the club is a massive outcome for our club and the recruitment phase for season 2012."

For Myles, the opportunity to return to Queensland after stints with Canterbury and the Roosters was too good to pass up, as he rejected an approach from cashed-up Newcastle.

He comes in as a direct replacement for St Helens-bound Anthony Laffranchi, and alongside Greg Bird, Mark Minichiello and Ashley Harrison will form the best-credentialled back-row rotation in the NRL.

"I just felt the timing was right to return home to Queensland," Myles said.

"I will now be living closer to family and friends who reside in south-east Queensland and I know a few of the boys at the Titans which is great."

Told of Myles' signing by a journalist midway through a press conference with the NSW squad, Bird said he was looking forward to packing down with the man he will line up against at Suncorp Stadium next week.

"Myles is a great player - he's definitely going to be a tough player to play against on Wednesday," Bird said.

"I'm glad I get to play alongside him next year."

For the Roosters, the move gives them some breathing space under the salary cap, following the upgrading of deals for several players in recent times.

It's likely however that Myles won't be on his own in the Roosters departure lounge at the end of he season, with veteran duo Jason Ryles and Mark Riddell also believed to be on the chopping block.

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