Brilliant Dual International Mat Rogers has agreed to terms with the Jetstar Gold Coast Titans and will join his new team mates at training on the Gold Coast tomorrow morning, (Tuesday 16th January 2007)
While pleased to secure the services of Rogers a year earlier than expected, Jetstar Titans Managing Director Michael Searle said he was more than happy to give the dual International as much time off with his family as he needed before meeting to discuss Mats playing future at the Club.
“The most important people in this whole process have always been Mat and his young family and we certainly weren't about to start hounding him for a decision on where he played next year when there were certainly much more important things for him to be thinking about.”
“After a meeting today, I am delighted to announce that Mat Rogers will be playing for the Jetstar Gold Coast Titans in 2007 and I am confident that as a Club we will reap the rewards of having a refreshed and super enthusiastic Mat Rogers in our Team.” Said Searle.
Thirty one year old Rogers is wrapped to be returning to Rugby League and eager to make a solid impression as the squad prepares for a series of tough pre-season trial matches. “I'm just wrapped to have everything sorted out and very much looking forward to getting in and doing the hard yards with the boys. I'm pretty confident that Billy Johnstone will have something special in store for me and I just want to roll the sleeves up and make sure I am right up there in the mix when the first team is announced in a few weeks.”
“To be back in Rugby League a year earlier than I expected is just huge and I'm really excited with the team that Coach John Cartwright and Michael have put together.”
Rogers signature is a major coupe for Head Coach John Cartwright who now boasts a squad containing six players with International experience. “If I had said a year ago that the plan was to have six Internationals available for game one of the 2007 season you would have thought I was mad, but not only have we done that, we've also secured a dual International as our final signing of the year, I'm pretty sure we would be the envy of the Premiership right now.”
“Mat brings a whole new dimension to the squad, he's an exciting game breaker who creates scoring opportunities and he's also a player who is more than capable of coming up with something brilliant from anywhere on the field which is a great asset to have during tight matches.”