Former Raiders prop given permanent deal after train and trial at Titans

Jeff Lynch

Opportunity is the key for any player and some teams give you a chance to prove yourself before signing with the club. Such was the case for Jeff Lynch, who after joining the Gold Coast Titans on a train and trial deal, was rewarded with a 1-year deal for his hard work and effort.

Lynch, formerly at the Canberra Raiders, had to overcome two years of injury and used this as a chance to prove that he has what it takes to succeed.

“It’s a massive boost, for me to have certainty about staying here for another year and getting a crack at the NRL is awesome,” Lynch said.

“I have set myself some specific goals – to make my NRL debut and play as many games as I can but there are plenty of good front-rowers here so I have to just work hard and be ready take any opportunity with both hands.

“I came here no guarantees but I was fully committed to giving it a real crack and this gives me some security for this season and it’s up to me to make the most of it now.”

With experienced forwards like David Shillington, Ryan James and Greg Bird to have as mentors and leaders, it was the attitude that stood out for Titans coach Neil Henry.

“He has done everything he could have since coming to us from the Raiders system and playing for Mounties in the NSW Cup, and he has a chance now to show what potential he has as an NRL player,” Henry said.

“He has earned a full time contract with what he has shown us already and he will add depth to our front row.

I’m looking forward to seeing him play in the trials and following in the footsteps of other players who have made the most of their opportunity here.”

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