Finding young, talented back-rowers is often hard but the Gold Coast Titans have managed to grasp two of them – signing Canterbury Bulldogs back-rower Lachlan Burr and Penrith Panthers back-rower Matt Robinson.
Robinson started out his career with the New Zealand Warriors in the Holden Cup system and after a move to the Panthers, Robinson missed out on considerable action after fracturing a vertebrae in his back.
Earlier injury setbacks this season meant Robinson had to work harder to get into first-grade and he achieved that.
â€œIâ€™ve got a lot of confidence from the last few weeks after having to overcome some injuries and Iâ€™m really excited about joining the Titans next year and hopefully playing my best football,â€ Robinson said today.
â€œObviously the neck was a major shock at first but Iâ€™ve made a full recovery. I had to play a bit of catch up this season with a couple of other injuries too but Iâ€™m feeling good now and hope to finish the season well and then head to the Gold Coast.â€
For the other talented back-rower in Burr, he is familiar with one player at the Titans. That one player is Paul Carter who played alongside Burr at the Bulldogs.
Having played together for several years at the Dogs and with the Australian Schoolboys side, Carter was quick to praise the addition of Burr.
â€œHeâ€™s a very athletic player, big and rangy, pretty fast and strong and I think heâ€™ll do well here,â€ was the endorsement from Carter.
Also familiar with Titans half Aidan Sezer, Burr is looking forward to the new challenge on the Gold Coast Titans.
â€œIâ€™m looking forward to getting back together with Aidan and Paul who I played a lot of footy with and making the most of the opportunity with a new club and new place after spending all my junior and senior career at the Bulldogs,â€ said Burr.
â€œObviously with so much depth in the forwards here, my opportunities have been limited and Iâ€™m keen to work hard and make the most of my chances on the Gold Coast.â€