A promising talent at the Gold Coast Titans, Jai Whitbread will be sticking around for at least two more seasons after signing a new deal.
Initially starting out at the Brisbane Broncos in their U20’s system, it was a chance to move closer to family that saw Whitbread move to the Gold Coast.
His debut came in 2018, although it has only been in 2019 that Whitbread has seen more regular first-grade.
With six games to his name so far, Whitbread is grateful for the opportunity to continue playing at the Titans.
“It’s a very exciting time, and I’m very grateful for the opportunity the club has given me to extend my stay here for another two years,” Whitbread said.
“I believe I’ve developed as a player, with the help of the coaches and high-performance staff.”
Whitbread admits that the chance to return home and with family close by to watch, makes playing for the club that much better.
“Being home has helped me enjoy my footy that little bit more, and getting to play first-grade footy in front of my family and friends is a dream come true,” the young forward continued.
“It’s great to have re-signed at a club that I’m loving being at, and I’m really looking forward to the next two years.”
Whitbread is making sure Titans coach Garth Brennan notices him, as the coach talked him and his development up.
“Jai started with the club at the same time as I did, and he is a young kid who has impressed me across every facet of the game,” Brennan said.
“His work ethic and attention to detail during training and game preparation is to be applauded and he is now reaping the benefits as part of our NRL side.”
Home-grown talent is key for the Titans and Brennan looks forward to seeing Whitbread continue his development.
“Jai is an example of what I want to develop here on the Gold Coast,” continued Brennan.
“I want to produce home-grown NRL talent and turn the Titans into a genuine development club.
He has matured as a player, and it’s good news for the club that he has chosen to remain a Titan for the next two years.”