Age is only a number and with some young, developing players within their hooker stocks, the Gold Coast Titans have gone out and recruited veteran Nathan Friend on a 1-year deal.
Friend, who was one of the Titans foundation players when they entered the competition in 2007, made great memories during his first stint with the club and is looking forward to doing the same the secnd time around.
â€œIâ€™m really looking forward to returning to the Coast and making a contribution to the Titans, and hopefully playing a leading role in better times ahead,â€ Friend said.
â€œI have great memories from my five seasons with the Titans, including twice getting to the finals, and Iâ€™d love to be a part of getting there again.
â€œHopefully my experience and determination can be of value and I can help the club move in the right direction.â€
To date, the veteran hooker has played in 215 NRL games with the Brisbane Broncos, the Melbourne Storm, the Gold Coast Titans and the New Zealand Warriors.
Well aware of the need for an experienced player to mentor their younger kids coming through, Titans coach Neil Henry knows how crucial the signing of Friend will be to the side.
â€œItâ€™s great to have a foundation player return to the Coast, and Nathanâ€™s experience and leadership will be invaluable, especially for our young hookers Kierran Moseley and Karl Lawton,â€ he said.
â€œHe is one of the most professional and dedicated players in the NRL and we feel still has a lot to offer the club.
â€œNathan was an integral part of the establishment of the Titans from 2007 and is excited at an opportunity to return and have a positive influence as part of our leadership group and to finish his career on the Gold Coast.â€