The Canberra Raiders desperately needed a half and they have their man in Jamal Fogarty after he signed a three-year deal.
Fogarty, who was a late bloomer to the NRL, made his name at the Gold Coast Titans and his move to the Raiders comes after the Titans released him from his contract.
At 27, Fogarty has played in 41 NRL games and his work on and off the field did not go unnoticed by Titans coach Justin Holbrook.
“Jamal has played an important role at our Club over the past two seasons and has been the ultimate professional,” Holbrook said.
“I want to thank him for the contribution that he has made to the Titans and we wish Jamal, Kahlia, and their family all the best for the future.”
With his move now confirmed, Fogarty says he is excited about the move and looks forward to working with Ricky Stuart.
“I’m super excited about coming down and meeting the squad,” Fogarty said.
“The Raiders have a great roster and Coach in Ricky and they’ve had some success over the past few seasons and I’m really excited to join them and be a part of it.”
With plenty of talent in the squad, Fogarty hopes he can use his attributes as a communicator and an organiser to help steer the Raiders in the right direction.
“I’m looking to bring a bit of game management and direction to the team, and this is what I’ve based my career on,” Fogarty continued.
“I’m also a really clear communicator and if I need to tell someone on the field what to do, I’m confident in doing that.
“Hopefully, I can bring what I’ve learned and I’m also really excited to work with Ricky and the other coaches to help improve my game.”
Fogarty, who hails from Beaudesert, says the move to Canberra will be equally fun for his family as he has never seen snow before.
“Living in Canberra is something my family is excited about,” Fogarty said.
“I’m nearly 28 years old and I’ve never seen snow before so I’m looking forward to checking it out and I’ve heard some really good things about Canberra, the club, and the players with families being nice and tight, so we’re looking forward to being part of that.”