Webster shown door by Titans

By LAINE CLARK

KIWI international Jake Webster and New Zealand Warriors rake George Gatis have joined the exodus from the NRL to the English Super League.

Webster, 23, has been released by the Gold Coast Titans and will play his final game against former club Melbourne at Olympic Park on Sunday.

The Titans did not reveal where Webster was headed but admitted the damaging back had received a "huge offer" from an English Super League club.

Gatis, 29, will link with Huddersfield next season after signing a two year deal.

Titans managing director Michael Searle said Webster cited a chance to play in the centres as another big lure to head for the UK.

He has been playing on the wing for the Titans after failing to crack the centre pairing of Mat Rogers and Brett Delaney.

"Jake had personally approached us on Monday of this week about a possible release to pursue an opportunity to play in the centres for a UK Super League team," Searle said.

"Jake has always expressed a desire to play in the centres and this combined with a substantial increase in his playing fee made this an opportunity that he felt he could not pass up."

"With this in mind we have agreed to mutually terminate his agreement at season's end."

Titans coach John Cartwright admitted Webster faced tough competition to nail down a spot in the backline next season following the signings of Brenton Bowen and Ben Jefferies.

"He has received a huge offer and to be fair we tried to put ourselves in the same position as Jake and the reality is that there are no guarantees for starting positions at the club looking ahead to 2008," he said.

Meanwhile, Gatis will replace fellow Australian Brad Drew at Huddersfield next season.

He is among several high profile recruits sealed by Huddersfield which also include Kiwi international Paul Whatuira.

Gatis has played a key role in the Warriors' run to the 2007 NRL finals.

"I believe I've proved myself in the NRL and now I'm determined to prove myself in Super League," Gatis said.

In other news, St Helens coach Daniel Anderson has confirmed he will leave the English Super League at the end of the 2008 season and return to Australia to look for an NRL job despite securing his fourth trophy in two years for the Saints.

The former New Zealand Warriors coach clearly savoured the Saints' 30-8 Challenge Cup win over Catalan Dragons last weekend but is adamant he will return to Australia.

"I am very privileged to be here but I wouldn't string the club along," the Australian told the UK's Daily Telegraph newspaper.

"I have told them we are going home no matter what.

"I haven't got a job but we're going home because it's time for our family to go home."



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