The Aquis Gold Coast Titans have released front-rower Matthew White from the final year of his contract to take up a one-year deal with the Melbourne Storm in 2016.
The popular prop from Inverell has played 123 games for the Titans, including 13 this season, after joining from the Newcastle Knights in 2009. He had played 28 NRL games with the Knights, his debut coming against the Storm in 2005.
The 31-year-old will run out for the last time before the Gold Coast home crowd against St George Illawarra Dragons this Sunday, along with fellow prop Nate Myles and several other players.
“Matt has been a tremendous clubman at the Titans for seven seasons and played over 120 first grade games who always gives 100 per cent,” said Titans coach Neil Henry.
“There was an opportunity for him to take on a fresh challenge at the Storm, who have been consistently in the finals and I only wish him every success.”
White, whose partner Nikita is expecting a child in January, said he had nothing but great memories of his stint with the Titans.
“I leave with no hard feelings at all; I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my seven years here and given my best,” he said.
“I feel privileged to have played over 120 games for the Titans with a great bunch of blokes but I’m excited about a new challenge next year. I’d like to thank them, the fans and the coaches I’ve had in John Cartwright and Neil Henry and their coaching staff.
“I still have some goals left to achieve including playing finals footy again. It’s been a while, and hopefully I get to do that with the Storm next season.
“They have a great roster led by Cameron Smith and it’s a good opportunity I’m looking forward to.”