Gold Coast have signed Melbourne Storm halfback Ryley Jacks to partner Ash Taylor for the 2019 season.
Jacks will sign a one-year deal with the Titans and is expected to take the playmaking burden off Taylor.
The Titans halfback struggled at times last season with the burden of a $1 million-a-year contract.
Former Gold Coast football manager Scott Sattler has worked closely with Jacks and said he is the perfect foil for Taylor.
“Players at the Melbourne Storm develop good work ethics and Ryley would bring that to the Titans,” Sattler told The Courier Mail.
“He would be good for the Titans for two reasons. One because of his strong work ethic and two, because Garth Brennan is a rookie coach, Ryley can be like a second coach on the field executing game plans.
“I’ve always seen some subtle touches in Ryley’s game and he’s been able to fine-tune them and have the confidence to use his skill set in the pressure of an NRL game.
“There is a difference between having the skills and having the confidence to use them and Ryley is now in a place of his career where he is backing himself.
“I just think he would be a good foil and role model for Ash Taylor. He would be able to teach Taylor the work ethic required to succeed and all the tiny one per cent pockets of improvement that players are taught at Melbourne.
“Ryley has had to work damn hard to get where he is today and if they can strike a balance as halves, they can bring some success to the Titans.”
Jacks will join Canberra’s Shannon Boyd and Panthers utility Tyrone Peachey at the Titans next season.