Gold Coast Titans Test star Greg Bird has started negotiations for a new two-year deal at the club which gave him a lifeline after he was banished from the NRL.
Bird played 22 games for the Titans last year and returned to State of Origin duty with NSW, as well as representing Australia in the Four Nations.
The 26-year-old is delighted with the way he has been received by Coast teammates and fans and asked his manager Chris Orr to seek a new contract.
Titans football manager Scott Clark said yesterday the club hoped Bird would become a long-term player and preliminary talks had been fruitful.
Bird finished last season in the second-row, but it is understood coach John Cartwright is looking at him to play five-eighth in the early rounds this year following the retirement of Mat Rogers.
He can expect a hefty pay increase, given his return to representative football.