For a long while, it looked like the Manly Sea Eagles would be a new home for Kane Elgey. Though that has changed, with the youngster agreeing to remain with the Gold Coast Titans for a further two seasons.
With just five first-grade games to his name so far, Elgey has shown that he has the ability and effort to cut it in the top-grade. A local junior of the Gold Coast system, Elgey was hands down the best half in the Holden Cup competition in 2014 and now has a chance to extend that to first-grade.
Although the lure of Manly was strong especially given the chance to work under a former great half like Andrew Johns, home is where the heart is and that rings true for Elgey.
â€œIn the end I wanted to stay on the Gold Coast with my family and friends around me and with my teammates and coaching staff I have a lot of respect for, even though it was a very tempting opportunity presented by Manly,â€ Elgey said.
â€œDefinitely the chance to play under probably the greatest halfback of all time in Andrew Johns, who is assistant coach at Manly, was a big consideration in developing my game.
â€œBut Iâ€™m happy here and Neil Henry gave me my opportunity in the NRL and is a great coach and Iâ€™m just relieved I have made the decision and can now get on with my football.”
Grateful for all they have done for him and for the way the club developed him through the ranks, he felt he owed it to them to stay. He also looks forward to playing alongside Daly Cherry-Evans.
â€œAnd Iâ€™m excited to hopefully be able to play with Daly Cherry Evans too,” said Elgey.
â€œIâ€™m really proud that Iâ€™m a local junior who has come through the Titans ranks and a lot of people have supported me here. I want to repay them and be part of a successful side on Gold Coast.â€
The Tugun Seahawks local represented the Australian Schoolboys side and for the club themeselves, retaining a core player like Elgey does wonders both on and off the field.
â€œWe are absolutely delighted Kane has decided to commit not only to the Titans but also the local community where he has learned his football,” said Gold Coast Titans CEO, Graham Annesley.
â€œHopefully it will inspire a whole new generation of local talent hoping to follow in his footsteps.â€