Gold Coast players Dale Copley and Michael Gordon say injured forward Jai Arrow will be the man the Titans build their future around, and expect the club to tie up the Queensland State of Origin forward to a new long-term deal when his current contract expires at the end of 2020.
Arrow first joined the Titans in 2018 and enjoyed a breakout season. Now, 18 months later, he has become one of the most consistent Titans players and a regular in the Queensland State of Origin side.
While no club can approach the Burleigh junior until November 1, the Titans understand the importance of keeping the local product here on the Coast.
The 24-year-old is currently sidelined with an ankle injury but given Arrow’s spectacular form before being hurt, reports are suggestion the workaholic lock is in demand from a number of rival clubs for the 2021 season.
Winger Copley has spent time at three NRL clubs and knows how important retaining a local junior of Arrow’s calibre is for a club.
“He’s an important part of this football club,” Copley said. “He possesses all the traits that you build a successful group on.
“Everyone can see how he plays the game. He’s hard, he’s tough and there’s no rubbish about him.
“Hopefully he’s locked up long-term, because he’s one of the best locks in the game and a real important part of this club moving forward.”
Veteran fullback Gordon echoed the comments of Copley and believes Arrow deserves everything that he gets.
“He’s a great player, an Origin player,” Gordon said. “I think he’ll get what he deserves.
“It’s a big signing, and you don’t want to lose him.
“He’s a big part of this club and a big part of it moving forward.”