Titans re-sign forward duo until 2015
Wednesday July 11, 2012
The Gold Coast Titans have further bolstered the club’s forward pack for the future, with tough prop Matt White and rising young second rower Ben Ridge both extending their contracts with the club until the end of the 2015 season.
White, 28, has signed a new three-year contract which will take him through to his seventh season with the club by the end of 2015 while Under-20s graduate Ridge, 22, has agreed to extend his existing contract for seasons 2014 and 2015.
The signing of the duo further strengthens the club’s forward pack well into the future with the pair joining the likes of incoming high-profile recruit David Taylor, existing State of Origin trio Nate Myles, Greg Bird and Ashley Harrison along with Luke Bailey, Mark Minichiello and Luke Douglas in the Titans’ engine room.
Titans Coach John Cartwright said he was pleased to be able to keep the majority of the club’s existing forward pack together for the future.
“It’s great that we’ve been able to keep most of our existing squad together and these guys will be a big part of that over the next three years,” said Cartwright.
“Whitey has played his best football as a Titan over the last four years having averaged more than 20 games per season.
“Ridgey was one of our best players in the Under-20s in 2009 and after overcoming some serious injuries since making the step-up to NRL level, he’s starting to show everyone what he is capable of.”
Roma born Ridge said he was happy to commit to the club long-term even with a year still to run on his contract.
Ridge has made himself a regular of the Titans forward pack this season with 10 NRL appearances and was one of the club’s best in last Saturday’s clash against the Warriors.
“The club has been good to me through thick and thin with some injuries so I wanted to repay the faith,” said Ridge.
“There’s some really good depth here in the forwards and I’ve been able to learn a lot off the likes of Nate Myles and Birdy so it’s a good forward pack to be a part of.
“It’s been really good to string a few games together in first grade this year.”
After establishing himself as a mainstay of the Titans forward pack through 80 games in four seasons with the club, White said he was never tempted to leave the club.
“I’ve just really enjoyed my time up here, it’s a good spot to live and a great club to be involved with so it would have been pretty hard to leave,” said White.
“At Newcastle I was in and out of first grade so it’s good that I’ve been able cement a consistent first grade spot and establish myself with the Titans.
“We basically have an Origin forward pack at the club and with Dave Taylor I’m looking forward to playing with all those blokes next year.”
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