Ashley Taylor has committed to the Gold Coast Titans until 2021. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP
Ashley Taylor has committed to the Gold Coast Titans until 2021. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

Titans secure Toowoomba's Ashley Taylor in $3m coup

THE Titans have secured a $3 million coup with in-demand halfback Ashley Taylor committing to the Gold Coast until 2021.

The Titans are finalising the three-year contract extension and are expected to announce the retention of the former Toowoomba Brothers player for a further four seasons as early as Wednesday.

The impending signing of Taylor is a major boost for the Gold Coast who last week announced Garth Brennan as the club's coach for the next three years.

Brennan has a close relationship with Taylor, mentoring the Dally M rookie-of-the-year for the past 18 months.

The signing of Taylor before he technically becomes a free agent for 2019 on November 1 is significant.

Ashley Taylor has a close relationship with new Gold Coast Titans coach Garth Brennan. Picture: Brendon Thorne
Ashley Taylor has a close relationship with new Gold Coast Titans coach Garth Brennan. Picture: Brendon Thorne

Broncos coach Wayne Bennett was targeting Taylor, however the 22-year-old has pledged his allegiance to the Gold Coast on a massive deal.

Taylor left the Broncos after one first grade game at the end of 2015 to seek a regular NRL berth at the Gold Coast.

He had an outstanding debut season on the Gold Coast in 2016 and played every game for the Titans during their disappointing 2017 season which led to the sacking of coach Neil Henry.

Taylor's signature is a major part of the rebuilding puzzle for the Titans, who are expected to be under new owners next week.



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