during the round 15 NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the North Queensland Cowboys at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia. Digital IMage by Mark Nolan.

Shillington to become a Titan

The Aquis Gold Coast Titans have agreed terms with international prop David Shillington for the 2016-17 seasons.

The Canberra Raiders giant, who turned 32 yesterday, grew up in Brisbane and will be returning to south-east Queensland after spending five seasons with the Sydney Roosters and seven with Canberra Raiders.

Shillington said that he is looking forward to joining a competitive club that is “on the up and building a strong roster for the future” and was delighted to be returning to south-east Queensland with his young family for the next phase of his career.

“I am very grateful to the Raiders coaches and management for the opportunity to develop into the player I am and while I’m excited about the future, I’m very much committed to the Raiders for the remainder of 2015,” he said.

Aquis Gold Coast Titans coach Neil Henry says the club will benefit from the size and experience of Shillington who has played 14 Tests for Australia, eight State of Origin games for Queensland and 194 NRL games.

He has been in fine form for the Raiders since returning from broken thumb in round 11.

“David has a wealth of experience at NRL, Origin and Test level and at 194cm and 112kg brings us size and power,” said Henry.

“He has consistently been one of the Raiders’ best metre-gainers over the past few seasons at over 120 metres a game and has a good work-rate and ethic and can play a key role around some of the young forwards here.”