Tuesday 20 February 2018 / 04:48 AM


Next up in his NRL Recruitment Watch series, NICK TEDESCHI looks at who the Gold Coast Titans may be sizing up, who they should be going after, and the areas on the roster that need shoring up for 2018.

Needs: The main priorities for the Titans is retention. Jarryd Hayne has an option in his favour and seems likely to stay with Gold Coast – even if the club would probably prefer to see him go. Nathan Peats also seems likely to re-sign in what will be a coup for the club. After such a stellar season, Tyrone Roberts’ signature will also be a priority. The Titans seem well-sorted for forwards but could afford to chase an outside back or two.

2018 Recruits: Nil

2018 Losses: Chris McQueen (Wests Tigers), Leivaha Pulu (New Zealand)

Off-Contract: Jarryd Hayne, Nathan Peats, Agnatius Paasi, Tyrone Roberts, Karl Lawton, Eddy Pettybourne, Ryan Simpkins, William Zillman

Rumours: Jarryd Hayne is expected to re-sign, as is Nathan Peats, even though the Titans have reduced their offer; Parramatta went cold on the prospect of luring both prodigal sons back to the club. The Titans went hard at John Asiata but he has stuck with the Cowboys. Ash Taylor has been rumoured to be off to the Broncos but the Titans are favoured to keep him.

Players to Target: Alex Johnston may be out of their price range but would be a perfect fit. Zac Santo would have been a top-value pick-up but the Warriors beat them to the Raiders livewire last week. Jorge Taufua is a player prone to errors but is a great returner of the ball and can give the Titans some much-needed help rucking the ball out of their own end. The likes of Taane Milne, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad and Gerard Beale could be worth going after.

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Nick Tedeschi

You will not find a more passionate rugby league man than Nick, whose Making The Nut column has garnered a huge cult following over the last decade. The Sydney-based raconteur co-authored The Book of NRL Lists with CBS stablemate WILL EVANS in 2014 and has penned several other books; he joined the CBS team with his weekly Six Up The Middle feature in 2016.

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