After releasing Konard Hurrell from the final year of his contract in order for him to join Super League club Leeds, the Gold Coast Titans have a $500,000 war chest, according to the Gold Coast Bulletin.
Hurrell was “sad” to leave the Titans but his future is secured after signing with the Rhinos.
After being dropped to the Intrust Super Cup this season, Hurrell finished the year in the NRL but coach Garth Brennan told him that he would not be offered another contract after next season.
“It is sad for me to be leaving the Titans earlier than I expected but at this time it made sense for me to make the move now and secure a long term contract and further my career in another competition,” Hurrell said in an Instagram post.
On Thursday night, both teams confirmed their signings on their websites.
Brennan said the club was not in the right position to offer the Titans cult hero a deal beyond next year.
“I’ve always said how much of a fan I am of Konrad and that hasn’t changed,” Brennan said.
“By his own admission he had his ups and downs throughout season 2018 but his dedication and application to the club on and off the field can never be questioned.
“The club is not in a position to offer him anything beyond next season and the three-year offer for him at Leeds is something that I understand is a hard one to knock back.
“I know everyone at the club will miss his smile and laughter around the place and I know I speak on behalf of all us in wishing him all the best for the future.”
The Rhinos are excited to have contracted a player of Hurrell’s class according to Rhinos Director of Rugby, Kevin Sinfield.
“Over the years, Rhinos fans have always loved a strong running centre and Konrad certainly fits that bill,” Sinfield said.
“I would like to thank Gold Coast Titans for the professional manner in our dealings with Konrad that will allow him to take up this exciting opportunity with the Rhinos.”
With the loss of Hurrell, the Titans now free up valuable funds in order to chase his replacement. Rumours have it that Jordan Kahu might switch from the Broncos to the Gold Coast.
The Titans have a strike center and a backrower as their main targets this off season as they look to fill three remaining spots in their top 30.
With a few players jumping on the market, the Titans are keeping a close lid on it and waiting to see the fallout from an expected off season shake up.
Hurrell thanked Neil Henry for getting him to the club in 2016 which reinvigorated his career after failing at the New Zealand Warriors.
“I really want to thank the Titans and Neil Henry for bringing me to the club,” he said.
“To the members and fans, thank you so much for welcoming me into the club and always supporting me no matter what.”
Brennan also got a nod for “always keeping me honest”.
The Titans coach has dropped big name players this season which include, Bryce Cartwright and Leilani Latu, who played a lot of the season with Intrust Super Cup club Tweed.