Gold Coast have secured the services of Greg Bird for a further four years after the NSW Origin forward agreed a new deal.
Speculation about the 28-year-old’s future with the Titans has increased in recent weeks with a number of NRL clubs reportedly interested in Bird’s signature.
But former Cronulla and Catalan player, who has made 164 appearances for the Titans, said he was keen to stay put.
“I love it here at the Titans and although it was nice to have interest from other clubs, I really wanted to stay here on the Gold Coast,’’ Bird told the club’s official website.
“I’ve got some great mates here and with the quality of players we have for next season and the future, I know there’s some great things in store for this club. I’m really happy to have my future all sorted before the start of the season.’’
Bird is a key player among coach John Cartwright’s squad, mainly due to his versatility.
The Australia international can operate at lock, second row or five-eighth.
“Birdy has become an integral part of our team so it’s great to be able to keep a senior player of his quality here for such an extended period of time,’’ said Cartwright.
“He has definitely grown as a player and a person since he’s been at club and I’m sure he will continue to do so over the next five years.’’
Bird’s new contact will see him remain contracted to the Titans until the end of the 2017 season.