Despite the Broncos re-signing Kodi Nikorima yesterday – and in doing so, casting doubt on rumours of their interest in Titans halfback Ash Taylor – the Titans still don’t want to take any chances with their young star.
According to AAP, Titans coach Neil Henry has said that he doesn’t care who the Broncos sign; he just wants Taylor re-signed as soon as possible, hopefully “this year”.
“I really don’t care who they sign up there, all I know is that he’s signed here until the end of next year, and there’s been noise of him going to various places,” Henry said. “But he, and Kane (Elgey) the same, we see them as long term partners in the halves at this club.”
“Hopefully we can strike a deal this year for an extension for Ash. He just bought a house and is quite settled here.”
It can be inferred from Henry’s statement that the club doesn’t envisage utility Tyrone Roberts as a solution in the halves, casting some doubt over his future as he sits on an offer from the Titans, in the hopes of securing a starting spot elsewhere.
That said, it’s conceivably possible that the Titans could re-sign him with a view to starting him at fullback once the contract of Jarryd Hayne expires at the end of next year.
Taylor and Roberts have built a successful little combination at the scrum-base lately, and if the Titans are able to retain them both, as well as Elgey, the future will look very bright indeed for the Gold Coast club.
Taylor has played 40 first grade games for the Titans and Broncos.