Signing a marquee player and retaining your roster was never going to be an easy task and the Gold Coast Titans have had another player leave, with prop Luke Douglas to join Super League side St Helens.
The veteran forward who has played for the Titans and the Cronulla Sharks during his NRL career will join the Super League side on a three-year deal.
Playing in more than 200 games through is NRL career, the Scottish international is excited at what lies ahead in his new challenge.
“I’m really looking forward to this new challenge,” he said.
“The club has a great profile and stature in the game and I hope to be able to contribute to developing that wonderful culture
“I am told Saints have the best fans in the game and I can’t wait to engage with them.
“I’m really looking forward to this next chapter in my life.”
The Yamba Eagles junior made his debut in 2006 with the Sharks and has not missed a game of NRL since, playing 215 consecutive NRL games.
For St Helens, the signing is a boost as the club needed some leadership and experience in the forward pack, something that coach Keiron Cunningham believes Douglas can provide.
“Luke is dynamic, tough running front rower who will bring top level NRL experience to our pack next season,” said Cunningham.
“His leadership will be important to our younger players too and we are delighted to secure his signature for the next three years.”