The speculation was mounting as to where Greg Bird would end up and what his decision would be, but any such speculation can now cease, with Gold Coast Titans, NSW and Australian back-rower Greg Bird, re-signing with the club for until the end of the 2017 NRL season.
Several clubs were chasing his services, all making offers of their own, but Bird made the decision to stay on the Gold Coast as he is settled at the club after several years with them already, and for him, it would have been hard to leave his mates at the club.
â€œI love it here at the Titans and although it was nice to have interest from other clubs, I really wanted to stay here on the Gold Coast,” said Bird.
â€œIâ€™ve got some great mates here and with the quality of players we have for next season and the future, I know thereâ€™s some great things in store for this club. Iâ€™m really happy to have my future all sorted before the start of the season.”
Bird’s deal makes him the longest contracted player at the club, with his deal to expire at the end of the 2017 season, with Titans CEO David May excited that Bird remained loyal to the club.
â€œI think the fact that Greg has committed to the club long term when he had big money offers from elsewhere, says a lot about the type of character he is and also how much the Titans mean to him,” said May.
â€œHeâ€™s been great for this club over the past three seasons so to have a player of his calibre staying with the Titans until the end of 2017 is a major coup for this club. Itâ€™s a massive vote of confidence in what we are trying to build here.”
With Bird regarded as one of the club’s senior players, coach John Cartwright is also pleased that the representative back-rower made the decision to stay at the club.
â€œBirdy has become an integral part of our team, so itâ€™s great to be able to keep a senior player of his quality here for such an extended period of time,” said Cartwright.
â€œHe has definitely grown as a player and a person since heâ€™s been at club and Iâ€™m sure he will continue to do so over the next five years.”