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.
â€œItâ€™s a massive boost, for me to have certainty about staying here for another year and getting a crack at the NRL is awesome,â€ Lynch said.
â€œI have set myself some specific goals â€“ 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.
â€œI 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 itâ€™s up to me to make the most of it now.â€
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.
â€œHe 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,â€ Henry said.
â€œHe has earned a full time contract with what he has shown us already and he will add depth to our front row.
Iâ€™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.â€