In the clearest indication yet that Darius Boyd will be wearing a South Sydney Rabbitohs or Newcastle Knights jumper next season, the St George Illawarra fullback declined an expression of interest from the Gold Coast Titans last week on the grounds he would be following Wayne Bennett to his new club.
Gold Coast chief executive Michael Searle confirmed yesterday he had sounded out Boyd’s management company, SFX Sports, about the prospect of luring the Dragons No 1 to the tourist strip with a view to playing him at five-eighth next season.
While Boyd has a strong tie to Bennett, forged from their time together at the Broncos, the Queensland representative has battled homesickness during his stint at the Dragons which prompted interest from both the Titans and his former club, Brisbane Broncos.
The Titans are also in the market for Canterbury Bulldogs centre Jamal Idris but are desperate to find a quality full-time five-eighth to partner halfback Scott Prince, having tried both Luke Capewell and Greg Bird with varying degrees of success this season.
While Boyd has made a name for himself wearing the No 1 jumper at the Dragons, he has also looked impressive at five-eighth and there is a view the 23-year-old will make the switch to that position at some stage of his career.
Brisbane chief executive Paul White said they would also be interested in Boyd if he was genuine about returning home, given Brisbane captain and long time five-eighth Darren Lockyer has announced he will be retiring at the end of the season.