Gold Coast Titans have discussed luring former Penrith halfback Craig Gower to the club, after withdrawing their offer to Darius Boyd amid speculation Newcastle Knights had upped its offer for the St George Illawarra fullback to $500,000 a season.
Titans managing director Michael Searle confirmed that coach John Cartwright had raised his name, with the club looking for options in both the halves and at hooker next season.
Regular No. 9 Nathan Friend is off to the Warriors next year while the club has used several options at five-eighth including Luke Capewell, Greg Bird and William Zillman as they search for a winning combination with Scott Prince at halfback.
Gower, 33, is in France fulfilling his commitment to rugby union club Bayonne, but has indicated his desire to return to the NRL and he has been already linked with several clubs including Penrith, Parramatta and South Sydney.
The Panthers are believed to be the frontrunners for his services given he is keen to move into a coaching role once his playing career is over, but chief executive Mick Leary said there had been no developments since Gower returned overseas.
Boyd has been agonising over his future for some time and he is torn between following Dragons coach Wayne Bennett to the Knights or returning home to Brisbane to be closer to his family.
Gold Coast had imposed a loose deadline of last Friday for Boyd to make his decision and when he remained undecided, Searle elected to pull the offer off the table.
The move could lift the chances of Preston Campbell playing one more season at the club.