Finding himself down the pecking order in 2017, a chance has come up for Dale Copley to play regular first-grade once more at the Gold Coast Titans.
With the Titans facing an injury crisis in their back-line at present, they came to an agreement to have Dale Copley released from his current Roosters contract to sign one with them for the remainder of 2017 and the 2018 season.
“Dale is a terrific person, and we appreciate the contribution he has made to our Club over his time with us, however, we have provided this release with the view that it is in his best interests to secure his long-term future,” said Roosters CEO, John Lee.
“On behalf of everyone associated with the Roosters, we wish Dale all the very best in his career moving forward,” he added.
Since making his debut, Copley has appeared in 86 NRL games – most of which came for the Brisbane Broncos – as coach Neil Henry admits Copley is a player the club had their eye on.
“We’ve been in discussions with Dale for a while and it’s great that we’ve been able to come to an agreement that will see him available for the club this week,” Henry said.
“It’s no secret that we have a large contingent of players on the injured list and the fact we’ve been able to get the deal done with Dale is a good result for us.
With the chance to sign him, the Titans acted swiftly and believe he can add a lot to the team moving forward.
“Dale is certainly not just a short-term fix,” Henry continued.
“He is an established NRL player and someone that we believe will add a lot to our playing group both on and off the field.”
The injury-hit Titans needed someone to come in as cover and to potentially play and CEO Graham Annesley was pleased the two clubs could to an agreement.
“Whilst the negotiations have taken some time to complete, it could not have come at a better time given our current injury list,” Annesley said.
“Dale is another Queenslander who is returning to live and play in his home state, and hopefully he will reach the milestone of his 100th NRL game during his time with the Titans. We are thrilled to welcome him to our club,” Annesley added.