Speculation over as Champion joins the Titans

With Jamal Idris already at the club for 2012 and beyond, you would think that the Titans centre pairing could not get any better – it just has. Beau Champion has announced that he will sign a deal with the Titans that will see him there until the end of the 2013 season.

It took some time, but Beau Champion was finally able to secure a release from the Melbourne Storm, citing personal and family reasons as the decision behind it all.

For Champion, although he enjoyed his time at the Storm, he felt that it was not quite the right fit for him, and has decided to move closer to family on the Gold Coast and surrounding areas.

“The Storm have been fantastic with me throughout the whole process, and I’m really looking to finishing the season off well before I join the Titans,” said Champion, currently sidelined with a shoulder injury.

“It’s been awesome to play alongside the calibre of players that I have, but I just felt Melbourne wasn’t the right thing for me off the field.”

There was only ever one choice for Champion, and that was the Titans.

“I’ve got a lot of family on the mid north coast, right from Kempsey to Coffs Harbour and up towards Ballina, so I’m happy to be closer to them.

“I also love what the Titans are about too.

“A guy like Preston Campbell epitomises what the club is about and the community is a big part of my life.”

Another allure for Champion, was the chance to play under Titans coach John Cartwright once more, something that Cartwright is looking forward to.

“I’ve had a little bit to do with him in the past,” he said.

“He’s verging on State of Origin selection. He’s copped an injury which has probably ruled him out this year, but he was very close to selection this year.”

Michael Searle, the Titans CEO is over the moon that the Titans have attracted the attention they have, and is pleased that his club has signed Beau Champion.

“The signing of Beau is a big one for us,” he said.

“He’s a quality footballer and a quality person, who will add further depth to our backline for the next few years.

“The thought of him playing on one side of the field and having big Jamal on the other side of the field is an exciting one.”

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