Becoming a thing in recent years within the NRL, the mid-season transfers have begun, with the Gold Coast Titans confirming the signings of Newcastle Knights hooker Chad Redman and Sydney Roosters utility back Nene Macdonald.
The young duo plied their trades at their former respective clubs but in search of greener pastures and more first-grade opportunities, the young duo opted to head North to the Gold Coast.
Redman’s deal will see him stay with the Titans for the remainder of 2015, whilst Macdonald will sign immediately and also for the 2016 season.
Both have played for the Australian Schoolboys side, Redman in 2010 and Macdonald in 2011.
McDonald, who hails from Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea has played 11 NRL games to date and will have a fellow PNG player at the same club in David Mead.
It was a no-brainer for McDonald to head back up to the Titans, a team he played for in the U18’s Mal Meninga Cup tournament.
â€œIâ€™m excited to get this opportunity to hopefully play NRL with the Titans,â€ said Macdonald.
â€œI think the Titans are a club that is improving with some young players on the rise.â€
Redman has had success of his own having played for the Knights in first-grade and establishing himself as a handy player in first-grade and the NSW Cup.
With the Knights depth at hooker, though, something had to give, and the club were not about to stand in Redman’s way when he opted to leave.
â€œThis was a difficult decision for the Club however we have agreed based on what is best for Chad,â€ Director of Football Michael Hagan said.
â€œWith good depth in the hooking role, along with the emergence of Under 20s hooker Danny Levi, the Club did not want to deny Chad the opportunity to play consistent NRL in the future.
â€œChad has been an exceptional and popular team member and he leaves with our very best wishes.â€
It was yesterday morning when Redman informed team-mates of his decision and he was quick to thank the Knights for what they have given him and for giving him his debut.
â€œI just want to thank the Newcastle Knights staff, players and fans for all they have done for me over the years,â€ Redman said on Tuesday afternoon.
â€œI got to live out one of my childhood dreams this year when I made my debut and I will be forever grateful for that.
â€œIt is bittersweet to be leaving but I am leaving for the opportunity to play NRL and I am excited about that.
â€œI wish everyone at the Club all the best and hope it is a successful end to the season.â€