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.
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), Brendan Elliot (Newcastle Knights, 2018), Keegan Hipgrave (Brisbane Broncos, 2018), Brenton Lawrence (Manly Sea Eagles, 2019), Mitch Rein (Penrith Panthers, 2018), Jack Stockwell (Newcastle Knights, 2018)|
|2018 Losses: Tyler Cornish (released), Chris Grevsmuhl (released), Chris McQueen (Wests Tigers), Agnatius Paasi (New Zealand Warriors), Nathaniel Peteru (Leeds Rhinos), Leivaha Pulu (New Zealand Warriors), Tyrone Roberts (Warrington Wolves), Paterika Vaivai (Leigh Centurions), Daniel Vidot (retired), William Zillman (released)|
|Re-Signed: Morgan Boyle (2020), Jarryd Hayne (2018), Konrad Hurrell (2019), Ryan James (2020), Karl Lawton (2020), Nathan Peats (2020), Phillip Sami (2018), Ashley Taylor (2021)|
|Off Contract 2018: Dale Copley, Anthony Don, Kane Elgey, Brendan Elliot, Jarryd Hayne, Keegan Hipgrave, John Olive, Mitch Rein, Phillip Sami, Ryan Simpkins, Jack Stockwell|