GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JULY 18: Keegan Hipgrave passes during a Gold Coast Titans NRL training session on July 18, 2019 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Gold Coast have landed the signing of promising Wests forward Sam McIntyre in a move to replace the departed Keegan Hipgrave, per The Courier Mail.

The versatile 22-year-old is able to play both on the edges and in the middle, with McIntyre playing 12 games this year including two starts as a second-rower.

While the Titans have bolstered their forward stocks for 2021, Moeaki Fotuaika, David Fifita and Tino Fa’asuamaleaui will need some support when called into State of Origin contention when it returns to its traditional mid-season slot.

McIntyre’s numbers stack up well against Hipgrave’s, with the youngster conceding just three penalties and zero errors across 442 minutes, while Hipgrave conceded five penalties and 11 errors across 791 minutes for the Titans.

McIntyre has also proven to be a reliable defender, boasting a tackle rate of 94 per cent (280/299), with Hipgrave running at 87 per cent (356/411).

The Titans are also hoping to add to either their hooker or centre stocks, with Brian Kelly calling on the club to sign departed Rabbitoh James Roberts.

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  1. Well , while West’s have been looking to sign everyone else’s players they took their eye off the ball with McIntyre.

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