The Titans have secured the future of young gun Karl Lawton, resigning the gifted utility for another three years.
The contract extension will keep the 21-year-old at the Gold Coast NRL club until the end of season 2020.
The Burleigh Bears junior, who has struggled with injury over the past 18 months, made his first appearance at NRL level in 2016 in Round 17.
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“It’s great to have my future secured,” Lawton said. “This is where I grew up and I love living here.”
“This is where I want to be and with a good bunch of young guys coming through, I see a bright future.”
“I probably see myself as more of a hooker but I’m happy in that utility role and I just want to get back to playing footy again and being in that 17 somewhere.”
Local junior Karl Lawton has re-signed with the club for a further three years.
— Gold Coast Titans (@GCTitans) July 4, 2017
Coach Neil Henry is happy to have Lawton remain at the club.
“It’s great to be able to re-sign a local product who loves it here on the Gold Coast,” Henry said. “He has proved himself to be a good utility, playing a number of positions since debuting.”
It comes as Gold Coast captain Ryan James (pictured) has copped one on the chin, entering an early guilty plea to a tripping charge from Friday night’s match against the Dragons.
He has been fined $1,350 for the incident against Joel Thompson in the 50th minute of the upset win at Cbus Super Stadium.
The same punishment has been handed to Rabbitohs front rower Tom Burgess for the same charge after he also pleaded guilty.
While Knights lock Mitchell Barnett pleaded guilty to his dangerous contact charge over a tackle on Wests Tigers halfback Luke Brooks and received 90 carryover points.