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Titans secure possible Hayne replacement

Jarryd Hayne wipes his face as the rest of the team look on.
Jarryd Hayne wipes his face as the rest of the team look on.

MICHAEL Gordon could be poised to join the Gold Coast as soon as this week after asking the Roosters for permission to explore the market.

It's understood that if a deal can be reached, the 34-year-old will sign with the Titans for two seasons.

While he recently re-signed with the Roosters for another year, Gordon intends on moving to the Gold Coast once his deal expires after recently building a family home.

But with Jarryd Hayne released from the Titans to return to Parramatta, Gordon has spotted an opportunity to move his family north 12 months earlier than expected.

Titans coach Garth Brennan told foxsports.com.au that a deal has not been struck but they are interested in the experienced campaigner.

"He's a player of interest," Brennan said.

 

Michael Gordon of the Roosters celebrates a win.
Michael Gordon of the Roosters celebrates a win.

"We're weighing up our position.

"We have a lot of young guys who he could help develop and he's a quality human but we're working through it."

With more than 200 first grade games to his name, Gordon is the ideal replacement for Hayne.

He's also a noted goal kicker, with the sharp shooter kicking above 80 per cent.

A quality addition to the squad at a budget price, Gordon would wear the No.1 in 2018 if a deal can be reached but could finish his career on the wing if the Titans can land a big fish for the 2019 season.

With Gordon not going to break the bank, the Titans still have ample funds to spend on new recruits.

Phillip Sami in action during the Holden Cup.
Phillip Sami in action during the Holden Cup.

Meanwhile, the Titans have reportedly re-signed rising star Phillip Sami for a further two seasons.

A graduate of the Holden Cup, the 20-year-old made four appearances in the top grade this season and was named in the 2017 NYC team of the year.

He's a contender to wear the No.1 jersey next season having filled the role at Holden Cup and Queensland Cup level.

The extension ties him to the club until at least the end of the 2020 season.

Should a deal with Gordon not eventuate, the Titans will look to Sami, Tyronne Roberts-Davis, Dan Sarginson and Brendan Elliot to fill the role.

Roberts-Davis, who is recovering from off-season shoulder surgery, is happy to put his hand up to fill the void if needed but admits he's yet to discuss the prospect with the coach.

"I'm just trying to get this shoulder right," Roberts-Davis said this week.

Tyronne Roberts-Davis in action.
Tyronne Roberts-Davis in action.

"If it does come, if Garth does ask me, I'll probably take it with two hands and have a crack

"I'm just focusing on my training and pre-season and trying to get my shoulder right."

A versatile back, the 20-year-old made his first-grade debut this year.

Having played five games in the top grade, Roberts-Davis relished his time playing alongside Hayne.

With Hayne back in Sydney, the young gun is disappointed the superstar has left the clubs but is confident the Titans will soldier on.

"I was devastated as well," he said of Hayne's departure.

"He's obviously a great player. Every club wants him and it was good to play alongside him

"I guess he has his own reasons and we've got to live with that and move on."

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