Speculation grew that he was headed for a move away and that has eventuated, with in-form Canberra Raiders prop David Shillington to head North after signing with the Gold Coast Titans.
The two-year deal with the Titans will mark the end of a 7-year tenure at the Raiders that has seen ups and downs for Shillington throughout that time.
Shillington has played over 100 games for the Raiders and represented both the QLD Maroons and the Australian side during his time at the club.
In 2010, Shillington won the club’s Mal Meninga Award and is excited about the new adventure that lies ahead of him on the Gold Coast.
â€œI am very grateful to the Raiders coaches and management for the opportunity to develop into the player I am and while Iâ€™m excited about the future, Iâ€™m very much committed to the Raiders for the remainder of 2015,â€ Shillington said.
With 194 NRL games to his name to date, Shillington’s return to the Raiders starting side has seen him reproduce his quality form, as the Raiders overall form improves.
The Titans are pleased to have signed the veteran prop as a direct replacement for the experienced forwards they have already lost.
â€œDavid has a wealth of experience at NRL, Origin and Test level and at 194cm and 112kg brings us size and power,â€ said Titans coach, Neil Henry.
â€œHe has consistently been one of the Raidersâ€™ best metre-gainers over the past few seasons at over 120 metres a game and has a good work-rate and ethic and can play a key role around some of the young forwards here.â€