The Gold Coast Titans have signed Melbourne second-rower Kevin Proctor to a four-year deal understood to be worth $2 million as they prepare for life after Greg Bird.
The 27-year-old Kiwi international has played 179 games for Melbourne, and had been signed with the Storm until the end of 2018.
However, he’s been given an early release and will be on the Gold Coast until at least the end of the 2020 season.
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“This is a great opportunity to return home to the Gold Coast with my young family to be closer to all of our family,” Proctor said.
The 27-year-old and his partner Leesa, who grew up on the Gold Coast, welcomed their first child last month.
They met each other while attending Palm Beach Currumbin High School.
“I’ve had a successful time at the Melbourne Storm and made some great friends, but now I am looking forward to joining Coach Neil Henry and the Titans’ players and contributing to the team’s success.”
Henry said Proctor is an international player with plenty of runs on the board.
“We’ve had some experienced players depart but Kevin will help fill that void and we’ll be looking for him to come in and lead the way, especially for the younger guys around him.”