After several years playing with the Gold Coast Titans, Luke Douglas will depart the club and has been released, signing a deal with Super League side, St Helens.
Taking up a three-year deal with St Helens, Douglas was a fan favourite for some time at the club and was the 2015 Ken Stephen Medallist.
With a total of 261 NRL games to his name – 117 of which came for the Titans – Douglas enjoyed his time at the Titans but knew that a new challenge was the right move for him.
“I have loved my time at the Titans but this is an opportunity to get some security for three years and experience Super League at a famous and successful club like St Helens,” Douglas 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.”
Douglas thanked the fans, the club and all involved during his time there.
“It’s hard to leave the Titans and the Gold Coast where I have played five seasons. I’d like to thank the members and fans, and the whole community, for the way they have supported me,” Douglas said.
“After a tough period the club is moving forward and it was great to finally play in the finals for the Titans this season. I think we have the squad to do that again next season.”
With development of forwards and players now so crucial in the modern rugby league landscape, St Helens coach Kieron Cunningham believes Douglas can help the club’s younger forwards.
“Luke is dynamic, tough-running front-rower who will bring top level NRL experience to our pack next season,” Cunningham said.
“His leadership will be important to our younger players too and we are delighted to secure his signature for the next three years.”