It has been all about the player movement recently and the merry-go-round, as South Sydney back-rower Chris McQueen packs his bag & signs with the Gold Coast Titans.
McQueen, who was granted an early release by Souths, becomes the sixth Origin player at the Titans.
The 28-year old utility was disappointed to leave Souths because he had been associated with the club for so long but was excited at the opportunity that has come his way at the Titans.
â€œIâ€™m really excited to come back to Queensland and take the opportunity to play a senior role with the Titans who I think have a good developing young squad,â€ McQueen said.
â€œMy time at Souths was special, culminating with a premiership. They gave me a chance and stuck with me through a tough period with a knee injury and I have made some great friendships there. But I understand itâ€™s a business now and really excited about this opportunity.
â€œI still feel I have my best football in front of me and this a fresh challenge after eight seasons with Souths and I canâ€™t wait to meet the boys next week and rip into pre-season training with them.â€
Experience and versatility is the key, and Titans coach Neil Henry knows how crucial that is to a side.
â€œChris is still 28 and has won a premiership and played State of Origin and I know how keen he is to have an impact with us,â€ he said.
For Souths, they were quick to wish McQueen all the best who had been at the club for quite some time.
â€œChris has been a valued member of this team for many years now and has brought a lot to us both on and off the field,â€ said Maguire.
â€œHe has evolved as a player from being a winger or centre to being a solid forward who managed to gain representative selection as well as playing a key role in our 2014 Premiership victory.
â€œHe now has the opportunity to secure his long-term playing future elsewhere and we understand that desire. I wish Chris all the very best â€œ