Not playing as much as he would like, a decision has been made for Daniel Mortimer to be released by the Sydney Roosters effective immediately to take up a deal by the Gold Coast Titans.
The Titans, who are in desperate need of a half with Albert Kelly, Aidan Sezer and Beau Henry all injured, will be thanking their lucky stars that they have secured Mortimer mid-season.
The talented utility has been in and out of the Roosters side over the past couple of seasons and whilst the Roosters are disappointed to see him go, they know it is because of a lack of opportunity.
â€œIt is with reluctance that the club grants this release, but we do so with the view that it is in the best interests of Danielâ€™s long-term playing future,” said Roosters COO, Brian Canavan.
“Daniel has a lot to offer the NRL, but unfortunately, he hasnâ€™t been able to secure more game time in our halves this year.”
For the man himself, he is grateful for the time he spent with the Tricolours and his time with the club is one that he will always remember.
â€œWhile itâ€™s sad to be leaving the Roosters, Iâ€™m looking forward to taking hold of this new opportunity,â€ said Mortimer.
â€œIâ€™m so grateful for my time here at the Roosters. I have so many great memories, especially last year. From Robbo and the coaching team, the players and all the staff, the Roosters have been like family and while I might be moving on, the club and everyone whoâ€™s a part of it will always be special to me,â€ he added.
Initially planning to move on, it was a discussion with Roosters coach Trent Robinson that kept the talented utility in Bondi and with the move confirmed, Robinson is pleased at the increased opportunity for Mortimer.
â€œOn the very first day I met Daniel when I returned to the club, I asked him to stay, and it speaks volumes of the type of man he is that he did, when he had other opportunities available to him,” said Robinson.
â€œDaniel typifies the type of player weâ€™ve been trying to build our team around, and while itâ€™s sad to see him go, Iâ€™m excited to see him pursue a more regular opportunity in the halves.”
â€œPopular among his teammates and a valued contributor both on and off the field, the Roosters are certainly far better for the service Daniel has given our club. It has been an honour to coach him and heâ€™ll always have many friends here at the Roosters,â€ he added.
As for the Titans, who need a half badly, they are pleased to have him on board for the energy and experience he brings.
â€œDaniel is a quality player and a quality person with a good all-round game who has played in two grand finals and brings energy and experience to any team,â€ said Titans coach John Cartwright.
â€œI see him as a genuine NRL player and a valuable addition to our squad in the halves.â€