SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 28: Brenton Lawrence of the Sea Eagles breaks through a tackle during the round nine NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Manly Sea Eagles at Allianz Stadium on April 28, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The Gold Coast Titans have announced the signing of Manly Sea Eagles and former Gold Coast Titan, Brenton Lawrence, for the next two seasons.

Lawrence will join the club for season 2018, seeing him back in Titans colours for the first time since season 2012.

The 32-year-old made his NRL debut for the Titans in Round 16 of season 2011, playing 18 games for the club, through until the end of season 2012. The Central Districts (Adelaide) junior then moved to Sydney’s northern beaches playing 80 games for Manly, taking his tally to a total of 98 NRL games at NRL level.

Lawrence is excited about returning to the Gold Coast.

“The Titans is where I started my NRL journey and after five great years at Manly I felt it was the right time to return home,” Lawrence said.

“After speaking to Neil and understanding the Titans’ future plans, I am excited to be joining the club again.”

Coach Neil Henry is looking forward to working with Lawrence, saying;

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“Brenton is a consistent performer at NRL level and someone who looks to be getting better with age,” Henry said. “He is the type of player that you know exactly what you are going to get from him and he will be a leader in the middle for us.”

“Brenton is a great club man and extremely community minded. It will be good to see him back here on the Gold Coast,” Henry added.

CEO Graham Annesley is pleased to have a player of Brenton’s calibre return to the club.

“Talking to Brenton it’s clear he has the maturity and character to further enhance the culture we are trying to build at the club. He will also help our younger forwards to further develop by sharing his experience and skills,” Annesley concluded.

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, 2018), Leilani Latu (Penrith Panthers, 2020), Brenko Lee (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, 2018), 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, Dale Copley, Anthony Don, Kane Elgey, Brendan Elliot, Keegan Hipgrave, Max King, Brenko Lee, Mitch Rein, Tyronne Roberts-Davis, Ryan Simpkins, Jai Whitbread
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  1. God he got 2 year contract and is happy. Been brilliant and very underrated for us.. carried the team alone when he came to manly when we had no forwards. injuries have cost him a qld jersey..

  2. is it worth going to market and letting Jarred Hayne go? He create a “Me” and “Them” within the team. I loved what the Gold Coast was doing before Hayne got there. Hayne is a great player but he makes the Titians on average a weaker team. Ash Taylor is the future of the team and I would spend Hayne’s money on him. Let Hayne go to Sydney

    • The problem is when he put the feelers out before his contract extension there were no bites. It would depend on how much of his salary the Titans were prepared to cover as no club will pick him up for $1M+. On top of this with the salary cap looking like being lower than most teams expected, I don’t think many teams would be available to pick up a large enough chunk of his contract for 2018. I think you guys are stuck with him and need to come up with a better way of fitting him into the team.

      I also liked what the Titans were doing before he came along, they had a very strong team game without the standout superstar player/s, a bit like what Parra are doing now. It was interesting to read the stories about how he didn’t fit into how Henry wanted to structure his team and cap, but it seems the board over ruled him for business purposes (marketing, bums on seats etc). There is no doubt that the money they spent on him they have retrieved off the field, but if I was a Titans supporter I would be more concerned about what it has don’t to the team on the field.

      I have always been a fan and a defender of Hayne, but the fit at the Titans just isn’t there. He would be a better fit at a team like the Roosters or Storm, who already have on field leaders in their senior players, and his only job will be to play his own game. At a young team like the Titans he doesn’t provide the leadership needed to the young guys around him, and they can’t afford to have that much of their cap taken up by a player who isn’t a leader.

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