GLADSTONE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 08: Kane Elgey of the Titans looks to pass during the round five NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Manly Sea Eagles at Marley Brown Oval on April 8, 2018 in Gladstone, Australia. (Photo by Jono Searle/Getty Images)

Titans halfback Kane Elgey has signed a two-year deal with the Sea Eagles, beginning in 2019.

Having not played NRL for over three months, there was speculation that the 23-year old may look to continue his career in England.

Elgey was courted by Manly three years ago after his sensational rookie season, but he remained loyal to Gold Coast. He has made 43 NRL appearances to date.

Elgey missed the entire 2016 season after sustaining after a pre-season accident, and a sternum injury halted his 2017 campaign, largely making him a forgotten man at the Gold Coast.

“It’s been hard and pretty nerve-wracking,” Elgey told NRL.com, in regards to his oblivion at the Titans and not being offered a new deal.

“Of course I was worried [he mightn’t get an NRL contract], but I just had to keep at it in ‘Q Cup’ and hope my manager could get something for me and in the end I had a few options, which was good.

“It is what it is, it’s a business. My type of football wasn’t what they wanted here and you have to accept that but hopefully I can go down to Manly and get better and better and I just want to keep learning.

“Having [former Titans head coach] John Cartwright at Manly had a lot to do with it, and Trent Barrett, being a five-eighth, as head coach is great.

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“I’m hoping I can stay in the Titans team for the next few games and get some confidence to take into next year but if I’m not I’ll go back to Tweed and do my best there.

“All my family came out today and treated it like my last game [for the Titans].”

31 COMMENTS

  1. Elgey is a good signing. People forget how good he is. I’ve definitely noticed his poor defence, but you cannot question his attack, one of the best passing games around and a strong kicking game. A bit of development into running the ball and his defence improving he will provide a good foil for Daly, hopefully turning into a long term partner. Now that Daly has matured he has shown he can manage the team and still provide his great attack. He dominated for QLD and has been playing great ever since with running halves partners. Imagine him beside a bloke who can also kick and provide good halves play.

    • Elgey’s strength is definitely is passing and running game. He’s brilliant to watch when he turns it on, however, for the last couple of years those performances have been few and far between. In the 2017 season Elgey played 19 games and had only 1 try assist to his name. This year he’s only played 7 games and has only had 4 try assists. Defensively he is shocking and has single-handedly lost several games for the Titans.

    • 19 games and 1 try assist I think it’s safe to say you can question his attack. You say people forget how good he is? What’s he done? Besides struggle to keep his spot at the titans.

  2. worst signing – we didn’t need him. We have Trent Hodkinson, Tom Wright, Luke Metcalf. Absolute joke, nothing against Elgey but we simply didn’t need him.

    • Gotta disagree mate. We need a five-eight, Hodkinson is on his last legs, Wright in a centre and Metcalf is 3 or 4 years off firsts grade.

    • Gotta disagree mate. We need a five-eight, Hodkinson is on his last legs, Wright in a centre and Metcalf is 3 or 4 years off firsts grade.

      • happy for you to disagree but the facts dont change mate – i’ve read your posts and i understand you’re passionate but if we look at things objectively, the writing is on the wall.

        Tom Wright – Hes a fullback/five-eight. Barrett keeps trying to convince him that he is a Centre because he will not move Tommy Turbo (nor should he). This give Tom Wright the perfect opportunity to play him at five-eight but instead, Barrett picks Walker – A Centre to play five-eight.

        Meltcalf can easily play next year. Allow him to finish of this year off the bench but the guy is damn good and quite strong for his age/frame.

        If we need a five-eight, then why buy Elgey as he is a halfback – read his own comments and check in with anyone that watches the sport, he claims he is a halfback, not a five-eight.

        Dont mean to beat you down holmsey but like yourself, im also passionate and this buy was a waste of money. We need more props and at least another 2nd rower.

        it would have been good to give Tom Wright the remainder of the year at five-eight with Metcalf off the bench, allowing us to have Kelly and Walker as he Centers. We would have had a better output from DCE as well as the pressure would be on.

        • Tom wright showed in the few games this year he just isn’t up to first grade, well not yet atleast..
          Yes he scores that 1 good try, but open field and he just done his thing, hasn’t liked likely since and is a way bigger liability then elgey in defence…
          Wright still has lots to learn

    • 1. Turbo
      2. Taufua
      3. Walker
      4. Kelly
      5. Suli
      6. Elgey
      7. DCE
      14. Wright/Hodko

      Hodkos done, he hasn’t brought anything to manly! Gives up too many penalties and that yellow in weekend after all the warnings

      • I hope we replace Taufua With Jade Anderson, Dont Forget Api is coming back next year and either him or Fainu will probably be on the bench spot, I love Tom Wright and think hes a great player in the making, he has to be in the 17, Hodkinson Isnt good enough for reserve grade let alone NRL

        • Pleeease Taufua is a weapon…admittedly has had handling problems over the years but Manly without him has had more losses than wins!

  3. I can see the off season headline now-
    Elegy receives light bump to leg during training and will be sidelined for 2 seasons.

    • He never mentally recovered from his ACL injury in 2016, he’s said so himself publicly. After the injury, he wasn’t able to recapture the form which he displayed early on in his career. I think a fresh start is what he needs though

  4. Don’t understand why the Sea Eagles signed him. Yes he can play 5/8 but he is much better at halfback. Attack he is great, however he is a huge liability in defence which has cost the Titans games as a result. Hope things work out for him, he’s a great guy and has huge talent and potential.

    • He will play half back cherry is a 5/8. Like green the year before dce will wear the 7 but chime in like a 5/8 and elgey will run the side. Lets hope he doesnt get injured and has some luck there so we can see what he has

    • 54 I think Daly is a halfback. He showed in multiple games and in origin that he can manage a side like a great halfback. Daly has to be our main man. Titans as to why I think he was signed, I believe the club knows we can’t really afford a big name 6 at the moment with our current money invested in Daly and the Trbojevic bros. The club is looking to develop a 6 or recapture a half to his best days. I think Elgey can do it because this guy is a talent.

  5. Let me start with acknowledging that the Eels have made a large number of strange signings over the years, so I don’t need all of the obvious comments from the Manly fans 😉

    I don’t see the point of this though. What does Elgey offer that your young guys don’t? If it is a depth signing then fair enough, and it MIGHT put some pressure on some guys to perform, but I just don’t see it.

    Holmesy, once again, I applaud your passion for your team and how you put a positive spin on things, it can be over the top at times, but at least it isn’t all doom and gloom with you as it is with some. That being said though, you are stretching it a bit here mate. 1 try assist in 19 games is hardly the stat of a great attacking half is it? Injury or not, that just isn’t good enough at ISP level, let alone NRL. Maybe you are right and he will turn his form around with more confidence, but you are basing your whole argument on potential alone, and more often than not those promising young halves don’t turn out to be what we thought they would.

    • Reason. Hes better than hodkinson and croker. By how much im not sure. At manly he will he better than at the titans we have better players in key positions our spine is netter than most. I dont think hes the answer but who else is there? Walker goes alright there and his kicking game has improved. His speed troubles other teams he could become a great 5/8.

      In saying that the back line next year will be
      Tommy
      Taufua
      Kelly
      Walker
      Suli
      Elgey
      Berry Evans

    • Elgey offers a possible long term halves partner and a bit more depth. I am basing my argument on potential but watching 2015 he was excellent and All through the juniors. I’ll back him to recapture that. If he doesn’t what harm does it bring to the team? At worst he is cheap depth but at best he is a long term 6.

  6. twent to turn his career around just like he did with uate, sironen, hastings and m wright.
    Obviously Cartwright thinks highly of him, that would be why he has been signed but, in the scheme of things, at most other clubs he would only be a depth signing.

    • Youra goose..
      It’s had a good 2017 but bad 2018..
      Sironen has been great very moment he’s on the field, definetely improves since coming to manly..
      Well Hastings is Hastings and Matt wright was never any good so can’t turn it around when there’s nothing to turn

  7. 1 Tom Trbojevic
    2 Jade Anderson
    3 Moses Suli
    4 Dylan Walker
    5 Brian Kelly
    6 Kane Elgey
    7 Daly Cherry-Evans
    8 Addin Fonua-Blake
    9 Manase Fainu ( Api’s Injured)
    10 Martin Taupau
    11 Joel Thompson
    12 Curtis Sironen
    13 Jake Trbojevic
    14 Tom Wright
    15 Taniela Paseka
    16 Kelepi Tanginoa
    17 Toafofoa Sipley

  8. 1 Tom Trbojevic
    2 Jade Anderson
    3 Moses Suli
    4 Dylan Walker
    5 Brian Kelly
    6 Kane Elgey
    7 Daly Cherry-Evans
    8 Addin Fonua-Blake
    9 Manase Fainu ( Api’s Injured)
    10 Marty Taupau
    11 Joel Thompson
    12 Curtis Sironen
    13 Jake Trbojevic
    14 Tom Wright
    15 Taniela Paseka
    16 Kelepi Tanginoa
    17 Toafofoa Sipley

  9. Elgey is another speed bump that Manly don’t need, they still have Lachlan Croker who was just running into form before getting injured and was prepared to put his body in front in defence as opposed to Elgey….perhaps Cartwright and Barrett can take him to Penrith with them….Great job interview by Tooves on Controversy Corner….”You don’t need High Performance Centres”, its people who make the club….spoken like a true Manly legend who should be returned as coach ASAP

  10. What do you do when you have one of the worst defences in the NRL? You sign a player who cant tackle and cant hide in your defensive line…ask Tweed Heads Seagulls!

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