Titans sweat on new recruit

By LAINE CLARK

A "wait and see" approach has been adopted by NRL newcomers the Gold Coast Titans as they sweat on No.1 recruitment target England fullback Richie Mathers.

Titans managing director Michael Searle is currently in the UK and will speak with Mathers who has been ruled out for the rest of the English Super League season with a knee injury.

The off-contract Mathers will undergo a knee reconstruction after suffering the injury in Leeds' 44-28 loss to Hull last Saturday.

After withdrawing an offer to Great Britain winger Chev Walker, the Titans were this week keen to add Mathers to their already impressive 2007 player list which includes Test prop Luke Bailey and Wests Tigers premiership halfback Scott Prince.

But Titans football manager Scott Sattler was not sure what effect the injury would have on talks.

"We are waiting for the official diagnosis to come through from his manager and take it from there," he said.

"We pitched to his manager a while ago and left it in their hands - it's just a matter of when he makes a decision.

"He's obviously suffered a setback. He's probably got other things on his mind at the moment but we will get to the bottom of it, whether it is yes or no."

Sattler was confident the Titans player list - which also features Penrith pivot Preston Campbell and British winger Brian Carney - would prove a useful "carrot" for Mathers.

The Titans are also expected to speak to former Kangaroo Mick De Vere who is in his final year with Huddersfield and has indicated he wants to return home to Queensland.

"It's a good carrot for other players thinking about coming here," Sattler said of the club's player list.

"We are in a pretty good phase at the moment. We can just sit back and watch the weekly games.

"The anti-tampering deadline (that expires on June 30) is a good thing.

"We can sit back and assess things and dive into the deep end in July - we've got time on our side."



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