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Titans bolster outside backs with exciting Canberra young gun

The Gold Coast Titans have added backline depth for the next two seasons, signing Canberra centre Harley Smith-Shields.

The strike outside back has played 15 NRL games and was named the Raiders Rookie of the Year in 2021.

The Canberra junior was a prodigious talent in the club’s lower grades, but a season-ending knee injury kept him off the field in 2022.

He returned to play six NRL games for the Raiders last season, as well as starring for their NSW Cup side.

Titans head coach Des Hasler says Smith-Shields will be a great addition to the Titans side.

“Harley has shown he has a high level of football IQ and is looking for an opportunity to take his game to the next level,” he said.

“He adds to our outside back stocks and I’m confident he will be pushing to be part of our first grade squad on a regular basis.

“We look forward to welcoming him to the Gold Coast and are excited to see where he can take his football at the Titans for 2024 and beyond.”

The 23-year-old will begin training with the squad this week.

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