Ex-Alstonville lad signs with the Gold Coast Titans
THE chance to join the Gold Coast Titans in the National Rugby League competition was an offer too good to refuse for lock Paul Carter.
The former Alstonville High School student will join the Titans on a two-year deal in 2014.
He played with the Bulldogs in the National Youth Competition and has been a consistent performer for them in NSW Cup games this season.
Carter, 21, is the son of premiership-winning Penrith five-eighth Steve Carter who played alongside Titans coach John Cartwright in the 1990s.
"There is no guarantee of playing first grade next year but to be with a team fulltime is pretty exciting," Carter said.
"The plan is to have a really good preseason and hopefully make my first grade debut.
"The Bulldogs have been great but I sat down with my family and manager and decided it would be a better opportunity for me on the Gold Coast."
Carter is a Marist Brothers junior and attended most of his senior schooling at Alstonville High.
He finished at Homebush Boys High School in Sydney where he was selected in the Australian Schoolboys side.
His family now live in Coffs Harbour but the chance to be closer to home on the Gold Coast is something which excites him.
"I'm still close with a lot of mates from Alstonville and a lot of them live on the Gold Coast now," Carter said.
"But the main thing is definitely a better opportunity to play first grade."
Carter was a standout in his two years in the NYC with the Bulldogs.
He was named lock of the year in the 2012 team and represented NSW Residents against Queensland Residents in the State of Origin curtain-raiser before game three this year.
"That was a great experience because there were only a few of us that hadn't played NRL," Carter said.
Younger brother Blake Carter has also been a stand out in the Bulldogs NYC team at hooker this season.