After weeks of speculation, the Gold Coast Titans have confirmed co-captain Jamal Fogarty has been granted an early release to join the Canberra Raiders.
The Titans originally refused to release the 27-year-old from his contract, but later changed their mind, confirming the move on Monday afternoon.
“The Gold Coast Titans have released halfback Jamal Fogarty from the remainder of his contract to allow him to explore other long-term opportunities,” the statement said.
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Fogarty was due to remain on the Gold Coast until the end of 2023 after signing a contract extension earlier this year.
However, the 27-year-old will now pack his bags and head to the nation’s capital after signing a three-year deal with the Raiders from 2022.
Titans coach Justin Holbrook said Fogarty, who has played 41 games for the Titans, has been an integral part of the club.
“Jamal has played an important role at our Club over the past two seasons and has been the ultimate professional,” Holbrook said.
“I want to thank him for the contribution that he has made to the Titans and we wish Jamal, Kahlia and their family all the best for the future.”
In a separate statement released by Canberra, Fogarty said he was “super excited” about joining the Raiders in 2022.
“The Raiders have a great roster and Coach in Ricky and they’ve had some success over the past few seasons and I’m really excited to join them and be a part of it,” he said.
“I’m looking to bring a bit of game management and direction to the team, and this is what I’ve based my career on”.