Former Gold Coast Titans star James Roberts has given the strongest indication yet he is close to signing with Brisbane.
The Dragons have also expressed their interest in gaining the signature of the Dally M Centre of the Year.
However speculation continues to grow that the 22-year-old wants to remain in south-east Queensland.
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“It’s all about lifestyle and being happy,” he told News Corp Australia. “When I’m happy I play my best footy which is another reason why it’s hard to leave the Gold Coast.”
He continued: “Wayne Bennett’s obviously a great coach. He is the best. It’d be good to play under him but there are plenty of other good coaches out there.”
Roberts became a free agent in November after a bizarre contract bungle, including a forged signature from a Titans staffer, led to his deal becoming null and void with the NRL.
The Titans claimed on Monday that Roberts had rejected an upgraded offer, however the NSW City representative said that wasn’t the case.
“We tried to renegotiate and they didn’t really come to the table,” he said. “I felt like I was a bit devalued. I put my heart and soul into every game for the Titans. I love it on the Gold Coast. I planned on playing the rest of my career for them.”