KYOGLE fullback Shannon Walker.
KYOGLE fullback Shannon Walker.

Young Titans


SIGNED, sealed and delivered.

The new Gold Coast Titans National Rugby League side has announced the signings of three local juniors.

Marist Brothers hooker Harry Witt, Ballina prop James Rix and Kyogle fullback Shannon Walker all signed on the dotted line with the Gold Coast in recent weeks.

And it may not end there with Titans officials indicating they are still on the lookout for players.

The signings were announced at the Ballina Rugby League Club on Wednesday night by Gavin Judd who will take up the role as coaching and development manager with the new franchise in January.

"We've signed these guys already," he said.

"And John Cartwright (the coach of the first grade team) will be moving up next week."

The announcement of the signings signals the Gold Coast's commitment to the Northern Rivers as one of its breeding grounds.

As yet, it's still unknown where the youngsters will play next season, with the Gold Coast not fielding a team in the NRL until 2007.

"It just depends at the moment," Judd said.

"Plenty will hinge on where the Tweed Seagulls play next year.

"If they play in the Mixwell Cup (Brisbane competition) then they can play colts (Under-19s) in that competition.

"Some of the players will be allowed to stay at home."

The signings came as the Gold Coast confirmed their feeder club involvement with the Tweed Seagulls, Burleigh Bears and Ipswich Jets this week.

Any players not required for the NRL on a certain weekend will play for these sides in the Queensland Cup.

The new franchise also announced its new logo and nickname as the Titans after an exhaustive search.

The Gold Coast originally named itself the Dolphins last year.

But after facing legal proceedings from another club, Gold Coast officials decided to change the name in consultation with the community prompting the drawn out process.

Meanwhile, the Northern Rivers Academy sides will play their last game for a while when they take on South East Division (Brisbane) tomorrow.

Games will be contested in the Under-13s, 14s, 15s and 16s.

An invitational Under-14 side will play a Balmain team on Tuesday.

The new players to each squads were presented with their gear at the Ballina Rugby League Club on the same night by sponsors David R Clarke Real Estate, Kwik Insulation and Byron Strata Management.

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