Minichiello to remain a Titan
Friday June 8, 2012
The Gold Coast Titans have today re-signed the club’s most capped player, bullocking forward Mark Minichiello, on a new two-year contract extension for seasons 2013 and 2014.
In a further boost for the club’s depth in the engine room, inaugural Titan Minichiello will join the likes of the club’s existing State of Origin trio Nate Myles, Greg Bird and Ashley Harrison as part of the Titans’ forward pack for next season and beyond.
Minichiello is already the most capped Titans player, having made 122 NRL appearances for the club since 2007 and the contract extension will see him play out eight seasons with the Gold Coast by the end of 2014.
The 30-year-old, who is expecting the birth of his second child with wife Milena in July, said he was excited to be remaining in Titans colours for the next two years.
“It’s good to get the deal done, my family and I are really settled up here on the Gold Coast so it makes things easy to stay. It wouldn’t have been an easy decision to walk away,” said Minichiello.
“Being a foundation player, I’d love to play out my career here with the club as the most capped player. Although I’ve been at a couple of clubs, it will be eight years at the one club and I feel I’ve played my best footy here.
“The pack we’ve got is one of the best in the comp so to be a part of that for the next couple of years, I believe we can really be a force in the NRL.”
Titans Coach John Cartwright said it was a significant boost to have Minichiello remain on the Gold Coast as one of five remaining foundation players.
“Mini’ has been a part of the club since day one and he’s played his best football as a Titan,” said Cartwright.
“It’s been great to see him develop as a player and as a person over the past six years. He’s very thorough in his preparation and that’s one of the reasons why he’s played so many games for the club over the past six seasons.
“We have a really good balance in our forward pack at the moment and it’s important that we have been able to keep the nucleus of the forward pack together moving forward.”
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