Gold Coast have announced their second major signature in three days after agreeing to terms with former Kangaroos prop Shannon Boyd from Canberra on a four-year NRL deal.
Boyd’s deal comes after the club had re-signed Queensland representative Jarrod Wallace until the end of 2022, giving the Titans’ forward pack some genuine star power next season.
Titans coach Garth Brennan described Boyd as a great acquisition for the club.
“He is an imposing figure that will bring some much-needed size to our pack,” Brennan said.
“He has played 100 NRL games and has represented his country so he brings with him a fair amount of experience that will help a number of our young guys.
“He will complement the forwards we already have here so I’m pleased he has chosen to join us.”
Shannon Boyd joins the Titans. Pic: Getty
Boyd was regarded as one of the best front-rowers in the game when he powered into the Australian team after a breakout season with Canberra in their run to the 2016 finals.
He cracked the 100-game mark in last week’s loss to Cronulla.
It is believed Boyd had been offered around $650,000 to make the move, a figure criticised earlier this month by Raiders coach Ricky Stuart.
Boyd’s exit follows reports injured front-row partner Junior Paulo is considering a return to Parramatta.
“They are off contract and I want to keep every one of them, but I can’t pay the huge money that is being offered to these boys,” Stuart said recently.
“And if Junior and Boydy are getting this astronomical money from other clubs, they go with my best wishes.”
Titans chief executive Graham Annesley believes Boyd’s signing is proof rival players consider the club – who are 15th on the NRL table – a strong chance of future success.
The Titans have also signed Penrith utility Tyrone Peachey on a two-year deal beginning next season.
“Shannon’s signing shows that quality players are buying into the inevitable success of the Titans in the years ahead,” Annesley said.
“The addition of Shannon in 2019 will give us a forward pack that will be the envy of many other NRL clubs.”