Told he was not wanted by the Gold Coast Titans, Kane Elgey will move to Sydney, signing a deal with the Manly Sea Eagles.
Manly, who have been trying to find the right fit to partner captain and halfback Daly Cherry-Evans may have found their man.
Elgey, who burst onto the scene when coming into first-grade, had everyone at the Titans excited about his partnership with Ash Taylor.
Unfortunately, a bout of poor form and injury struck and that combination was denied the chance to flourish.
Manly fans will be pleased with what they have seen from Elgey in 2018, however, as he looks to recapture some form.
Playing some Queensland Cup this season, Elgey knew he had to maintain the form to attract a potential suitor which he did.
“It’s been hard and pretty nerve-wracking,” said Elgey.
“Of course I was worried [he mightn’t get an NRL contract], but I just had to keep at it in ‘Q Cup’ and hope my manager could get something for me and in the end I had a few options, which was good.
“It is what it is, it’s a business.
“My type of football wasn’t what they wanted here and you have to accept that.
“Hopefully I can go down to Manly and get better and better, and I just want to keep learning.”
Elgey will link up with former Titans coach John Cartwright and looks forward to working under Trent Barrett, another former five-eighth.
“Having [former Titans head coach] John Cartwright at Manly had a lot to do with it, and Trent Barrett, being a five-eighth, as head coach is great,” continued Elgey.
“I’m hoping I can stay in the Titans team for the next few games and get some confidence to take into next year but if I’m not I’ll go back to Tweed and do my best there.
“All my family came out today and treated it like my last game [for the Titans].”
Cartwright spoke of knowing Elgey since he was seventeen and believes he can thrive in Manly’s system.
“I’ve known Kane since he was seventeen and playing on the Gold Coast have watched him progress through the grades, he’s a great kid and very dedicated,” Cartwright said.
“I think he’ll relish the opportunity and thrive with the quality of players that will surround him down here. He also gives us more depth in key areas.”