There have been persistent rumours for some time that Nate Myles was headed out of the Gold Coast Titans club and that has become a reality, with the back-rower signing a 3-year deal with the Manly Sea Eagles.
Addressing his team-mates of his decision during today’s training session, it was not an unexpected move given the innuendo that persisted for what seemed like an eternity.
Although his future beyond 2015 is now settled, Myles admits that it was hard to say goodbye to the Titans.
â€œI have been extremely humbled by this overall experience and I would like to thank all the clubs that showed interest in having me join them,â€ Myles said.
â€œThe decision to leave our home [Gold Coast] was difficult, however, Manly is a beautiful part of the world which provides both Tessa and I the opportunity to continue to develop our careers, relationships and family.â€
Knowing what Manly have done in the past, their history, current group of players and recent premiership success convinced Myles that Manly was the right club to go to.
â€œAn important factor in my decision was to play alongside champion players like Jamie Lyon and co. who have created a winning culture within the northern beaches club,” said Myles.
â€œI will now focus on my role as captain of the Gold Coast Titans to ensure my final year in Titans colours is a successful one.â€
For the Titans, whilst they are disappointed to see their captain depart at season’s end, they are happy for the new opportunity presented to him.
â€œWhilst it was disappointing the club could not retain him beyond this season, I fully understand his decision and Iâ€™m sure he will be a quality acquisition for the Sea Eagles,â€ Henry said.
â€œIâ€™m equally sure that he will continue to represent out club to the best of his ability, providing on and off field leadership for the remainder of the season.
â€œNate has been a valuable team member for the last four seasons and is highly regarded by the playing group and is a key player in our fortunes for the rest of 2015. I wish him well.â€
With his experience across club level and representative level – both for Queensland and Australia – Manly coach Geoff Toovey is pleased to have someone with Myles’ experience at the club.
â€œNate is a quality player with tremendous experience at Club, State and Test representative level,â€™â€™ Toovey said.
â€œHis experience and leadership skills in the front and back-rows will be a valuable asset to some of our talented young forwards including Jake Trbojevic, Josh Starling and Blake Leary to name a few.
â€œWe are very much looking forward to having Nate join our Club next season.â€
Manly CEO Joe Kelly also had a say, praising the club for getting it done and highlighting the signing coup of the representative back-rower.
â€œTo have someone of Nateâ€™s impeccable credentials join our Club for the next three years is a real coup,â€™â€™ Kelly said.
â€œNateâ€™s extensive representative experience with both the Kangaroos and the record setting Queensland State of Origin team will benefit our emerging and exciting playing roster.
â€œWe look forward to welcoming Nate and Tessa to the Sea Eagles family from 1 November 2015â€.