Ex-Test forward Anthony Laffranchi is poised to sign a lucrative English deal with St Helens as the Titans close in on the prized signature of Maroons Origin star Nate Myles.
Laffranchi, closing in on a return from an ankle injury, is expected to announce as early as this week that he will end his 11-year NRL career at season’s end to link with the British Super League giants.
And Gold Coast, who have already snared Kangaroos Test rookie and Bulldogs star Jamal Idris on a long-term deal, are close to securing another major coup by poaching Myles from the Roosters in Laffranchi’s place.
While reports have suggested a disgruntled Laffranchi will walk out on the Titans mid-year, upset at the amount offered to him by his club while they instead go hard at Myles, he is expected to play out the remainder of the season at Robina.
Myles, a key figure in Queensland’s historic Origin five-peat, is expected to exit the Roosters a year early and form a lethal backrow partnership with Bird on the Sunshine Strip in 2012. Bird is happily settled and is midway through a four-year deal at the Gold Coast.