He is one of their most respected players, and has been there since their inauguration, and now, feeling as physically fit as he has ever been, prop Luke Bailey has made the decision to sign a new 2-year deal with the Titans.
Bailey, who was a co-captain in 2007, will remain with the club until the end of the 2013 NRL season, with Titans boss Michael Searle believing that Bailey is in the top echelon of props in the NRL.
â€œWe are really pleased to be able to provide Luke with an additional two years in the NRL and at the Jetstar Titans given he has been competing at the highest level statistically this season,” said Searle.
â€œHe has greatly benefited from a modification of his training regime and I firmly believe his work rate in attack and defence make him one of the most valuable props in the game.
â€œBeing our inaugural co-captain and a natural leader of men on the field gives our club great pleasure to think he is most likely now going to finish his career at our club.”
Titans coach John Cartwright also praised the deal, labelling Bailey as a Warrior of both the side itself, and the NRL.
â€œWe are very blessed to have a front-rower in the modern game who can play 80 minutes, week-in and week-out,” said Cartwright.
â€œHe is one of our most consistent players and he leads by example in everything he does. It’s great news that we’re able to keep him here for another two years as I’m sure he’ll have a big influence on the next generation of players coming through our ranks.”
Bailey has had a stellar career so far, having played for both NSW and Australia, and it was his quest for a maiden premiership that spurred him to stay on, and play more footy.
â€œI’ve still got a burning desire to go another step further in the NRL before I go anywhere else, a bit of unfinished business,” said Bailey.
â€œI love it here on the Gold Coast and I’m excited to still be a part of what we’re building here at the Titans. We’ve gone close over the last couple of years and I’d love to tick that last remaining box.”