Former Titans star James Roberts has finally inked a deal with a new club, with the Brisbane Broncos announcing they had secured his signature this morning.
The 22-year-old finally decided his future lied in Brisbane after reportedly rejecting a deal from St George Illawarra yesterday.
South Sydney had also been hoping to secure his services.
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Roberts will join his new teammates in the new year after agreeing to a two-year deal which will put him in the maroon and yellow until at least the end of 2017.
He will report for pre-season training on January 4 and expected to fill the shoes left vacant by veteran centre Justin Hodges.
In a statement on the NRL club’s website, Broncos’ chief executive Paul White said he felt the new arrangement would be a great fit for both the club and the player.
“We certainly did not expect this opportunity and James and his advisor have conducted themselves very well during the negotiation,” he said.
“James is obviously motivated to play for the Broncos for the benefit he will see both on and off the field.
“The negotiations have certainly not been just about the contract value.
“James is one of the most exciting young players in the NRL and we believe playing in the Broncos’ system can help take his game to the next level.”
Roberts’ advisor Jeremy Donovan said while the decision had taken some time, they were confident a move to the Broncos would be best for his personal development.
“This has been a long and exhausting process, but one that has supported James’ growth,” said Donovan.
“He has had the opportunity to make a decision on his playing career and where he believes he will thrive not just as a player, but as a person.
“James has had the opportunity to consider what club and culture best fits him and his family.
“He is incredibly grateful for the respect each club has shown him during the course of this process, and is now focused on running out in the Brisbane Broncos’ jersey next season.”
Just 22 years of age, Roberts has scored 32 tries in just 52 NRL matches, including 16 in 24 games for the Gold Coast Titans last season.