Titans push for peace
GOLD Coast and Melbourne began peace talks yesterday to settle the war over defiant NRL winger Steve Turner.
Titans managing director Michael Searle and Storm chief executive Brian Waldron sat down for the first time after yesterday's CEO's conference in Sydney, with Searle proposing the Gold Coast receive two developing players and financial penance for Turner remaining at Melbourne.
"We had a catch up this afternoon and just had a discussion about an equitable result for us, which included the possibility of human resources and a possible financial solution as well," Searle said.
"We'd probably look at two developing players. At this stage that's been floated out there.
"But it's only at the very early stages. We've only had the one meeting, and I'd like to see how it pans out from there."
Searle said he hoped the issue would be resolved within the next 14 days.
But while appearing to be resigned to losing Turner back to Melbourne, Searle said if no agreement was reached with the Storm the Titans would insist Turner honour his three-year agreement.
"From our point of view it's still very much he's got an agreement with us," Searle said.
"If we do come to a settlement between Melbourne and us then he'll play in Melbourne, but if we don't come to a settlement he's got a decision to make if he comes to play for the Gold Coast or sits out the next three years.