during the round 20 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Gold Coast Titans at Pepper Stadium on July 22, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.

The Gold Coast Titans have announced halfback Ashley Taylor has formally agreed to terms which will see him remain a Titan for a further three years from 2019 through until the 2021 season.

Although already committed to the Titans in 2018, the 22-year-old rising star and his management received plenty of interest from several cashed-up NRL clubs.

However, Taylor said his happiness at the TItans and the strong bond formed with his teammates made it a pretty easy decision in the end.

“I love it here at the Titans and although it took a while to sort out the terms of the new deal, I never really considered going anywhere else,” Taylor said.

Last week’s recruitment of new head Coach Garth Brennan was another key factor in Taylor committing to the Gold Coast.

“It is a big relief to have the new Coach in place.  I’m really pleased with the appointment of Garth as I’ve had some personal involvement with him in the past. He’s a great communicator and he has big plans for the future of the Club, so I’m keen to get stuck in and help make 2018 a success,” Taylor added.

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New Head Coach, Garth Brennan, was delighted to have locked in the signature of his prized number seven as he looks to sure up his playing roster prior to commencing preparations for the Titans 2018 campaign.

“Ash is a tremendous young man and an outstanding footballer who is central to our plans as we look to build a winning culture here at the Titans”, Brennan said.

“He’s exciting to watch, super talented, and certainly on a trajectory that will see him develop into one of the best half-backs in the NRL over the next few years. He is also absolutely determined to help the Titans achieve success, and as Head Coach, I couldn’t ask for any more than that”, Brennan added.

Gold Coast Titans 2018 Player Movements

2018 Gains
Jai Arrow (Brisbane Broncos, 2020), Bryce Cartwright (Penrith Panthers, 2021), Brendan Elliot (Newcastle Knights, 2018), Moeaki Fotuaika (2021), Michael Gordon (Sydney Roosters, 2019), Keegan Hipgrave (Brisbane Broncos, 2020), Leilani Latu (Penrith Panthers, 2020), Brenko Lee (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, 2019), Will Matthews (St George Illawarra Dragons, 2018), Mitch Rein (Penrith Panthers, 2018), Jack Stockwell (Newcastle Knights, 2019)
2018 Losses
Tyler Cornish (released), Chris Grevsmuhl (released), Jarryd Hayne (Parramatta Eels), Karl Lawton (New Zealand Warriors), Chris McQueen (Wests Tigers), Ben Nakubuwai (Salford Red Devils), John Olive (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Agnatius Paasi (New Zealand Warriors), Nathaniel Peteru (Leeds Rhinos), Leivaha Pulu (New Zealand Warriors), Tyrone Roberts (Warrington Wolves), Dan Sarginson (Wigan Warriors), Paterika Vaivai (Leigh Centurions), Daniel Vidot (retired), William Zillman (released)
Morgan Boyle (2020), Konrad Hurrell (2019), Ryan James (2020), Nathan Peats (2020), Phillip Sami (2020), Ryan Simpkins (2018), Ashley Taylor (2021)
Off Contract 2018
Alexander Brimson, Max King, Mitch Rein, Tyronne Roberts-Davis, Jai Whitbread
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  1. Good to see the kid knock back Bennett , this was a crucial signing for the gold coast a massive step forward for them.

  2. He is a good young talent and if the Titans hope to reach the top 8 next year they will need him and Jarred Hayne to play to their best.

  3. Well done Titans, anytime a club beats Bennett is good for Rugby League, a fine young talent who can make the GC into a force in the future

  4. Good work Titans – just need to entice a few more local boys back home from up the road and take away Brisbanes competitive advantage and the world will be a better place.

  5. Thank god for that! If he went back to the broncos I would have never heard the end of it from bronco fans! In all seriousness though this is a great re-signing for the Titans, we have had a large player-turnover these last couple of years so it’s great we’re now able to move forward with a consistent squad. Taylor will be someone who we can finally build the club around.

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