The Gold Coast Titans are set to make an offer to foundation forward Mark Minichiello which will see the 30-year-old finish his career on the Gold Coast.
Minichiello is off contract at the end of the season and there was speculation he could follow former teammate Anthony Laffranchi to England.
But Titans football manager Scott Clark made it clear yesterday the club did not want to lose the popular Minichiello, who bagged two tries in an 18-16 win over the Broncos in a trial at Pizzey Park on Saturday.
“Mini reckons he should have got three,” Clark said.
“He’s set for a big year and is determined to hold his spot in the starting pack.
“We want to get his future sorted out sooner rather than later and I know that’s the way he feels as well. He’ll probably sit down with (managing director) Michael Searle and Carty (coach, John Cartwright) in the next few weeks.”
Minichiello, a product of Liverpool Catholic Club in Sydney, made his NRL debut for the Sydney Roosters in 2002 alongside older brother Anthony Minichiello.
He played for the South Sydney Rabbitohs from 2003 to 2006 before heading to Queensland. Minichiello now has 197 NRL games under his belt (111 for the Titans).