Titans Head of Performance and Culture Mal Meninga says injured lock Jai Arrow represents the template for the club’s future success, and discussions are already underway to keep the Queensland State of Origin star on the Gold Coast long-term.
Arrow, currently undergoing rehabilitation on his injured ankle and sidelined until at least Round 19, has been a shining light for the Titans in his two seasons at the club.
Arrow is still under contract with the Gold Coast until the end of next season, but Meninga said both player and club were moving in the same direction.
“We have started conversations with Jai and his manager, positive conversations about his future at the club, and I am confident that he wants to stay, and that we want to keep him,” Meninga said.
“Jai’s best years are still in front of him, and he has blossomed since he joined the Titans.
“Jai represents the type of player that we want to build this club’s future around – a talented local junior who has an emotional connection to our region and community, who can play on the Gold Coast with the Titans and go on to play representative football.
“He has another year on his contract, but there is no doubt we see Jai as a part of this club’s long-term plans.
“Jai has already turned into a leader for our club on and off the field, and he has proven himself as a player that is set for a long Origin career with Queensland.
“Injury is keeping him off the field for us at the moment, but we hope to have him back shortly and out there playing his best for Titans fans.”