Sezer a Titan until 2015
Tuesday 4 December 2012 8:00 AM
The iSelect Gold Coast Titans have secured a major coup heading into next season with rising star Aidan Sezer extending his contract with the club until the end of the 2015 season.
Sezer, who still had a year to run on his existing contract with the club, has agreed to an extended two-year contract as part of the iSelect Titans’ plan to retain the services of the club’s existing young talent.
The 21-year-old playmaker enjoyed an outstanding debut season in 2012 and was crowned the club’s Rookie of the Year after playing 18 consecutive games from his first appearance in the NRL in Round 7.
iSelect Titans Chief Executive Officer David May said he was thrilled to have Sezer commit to the Gold Coast for the next three seasons.
“Aidan showed just what he is capable of last season so we are delighted to have him staying with the club long-term,’’ said May.
“Importantly his signing gives the club stability in the halves and enables us to retain one of our most promising young talents.
“We are excited about what the future holds for Aidan.’’
iSelect Titans Coach John Cartwright said Sezer had impressed many at the club with what he has been able to achieve in such a short space of time last season.
“Aidan was still on the comeback trail from a serious knee injury this time last year so it was great to see him live up to his potential by performing at the top level throughout last season,’’ said Cartwright.
“He is still very young and I’m sure he has his best football in front of him. Now that he has his future secured, it’s great that he can focus on developing his game with the Titans over the next three years.’’
Sezer, a former Under-20s star with the Canterbury Bulldogs, made an immediate impact when given his chance in the NRL last season, scoring a try on debut against Manly at Brookvale Oval in Round 7 and notching 18 consecutive games through to the end of the season.
The five-eighth also proved more than capable with the boot in general play and as a goal kicker, landing seven from eight attempts as a back-up goal kicker last season – an asset which is likely to serve him well in 2013 following the departure of the club’s regular goal kicker Scott Prince.
Manager Sam Ayoub said he was pleased to have Sezer's future sorted well before the start of the season.
“We are delighted that we could finalize Aidan’s future so quickly and the reality is he didn’t want to go anywhere else as he loves the Titans as a club,’’ said Ayoub.
“He has settled in really well and has been given an opportunity to play first grade and he has a lot of improvement in him yet. This is a great outcome for the club and it’s good to see such loyalty rewarded.”