Titans star James Roberts has knocked back a new contract with the NRL club, confirming he wishes to play elsewhere.
It follows a lengthy saga between the star centre and the Gold Coast club involving a forged contract.
The Titans believed they had re-signed the Dally M centre-of-the-year, who scored 16 tries in 2015. However the contract was torn up by the NRL after former football manager Scott Clark, who has since resigned, admitted to forging Roberts’s signature on the paperwork.
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The club had hoped Roberts would stick by the club but it appears those hopes have now been dashed after he knocked back an legitimate new offer on Monday night.
“It’s obviously disappointing we are in this situation as we viewed James as part of the future of this club,” Coach Neil Henry said in a statement.
“I’m sure he will concede that his improved form in 2015 is a testament to the hard work and the interest several people have taken in his welfare on and off the field which has enabled him to play his best football.”
“I can only wish him continued success wherever he decides to play.”
The Titans say they will now continue with their recruitment drive to further strengthen the squad for the 2016 season and beyond.
The news is a huge blow to the Titans, who were confident of keeping Roberts as they look to rebuild the club following the drug scandal that marred their 2015 campaign.