Gold Coast release Super League target

Plenty of Super League clubs are in the market for a new halfback ahead of next season.

Wigan are bidding farewell to Jackson Hastings and have assessed plenty of options looking at a potential move for Wakefield’s Jacob Miller whilst Catalans’ number six James Maloney is heading to pastures new at the end of the season prompting the Dragons to look at Australia and have been linked with a move for former NRL Champion Mitchell Pearce.

There’s also change at Salford with Tui Lolohea reportedly on his way out and Kevin Brown retiring whilst even St Helens will have an opening at scrum-half following Theo Fages’ departure.

One man who has been linked with a move to Super League for a number of months is the NRL’s Ash Taylor. The Gold Coast Titans halfback has played 16 games for the Queensland club this year helping them back into the play-offs where a heart-breaking defeat to Sydney ended their season at the weekend.

This morning, the Titans confirmed the Sydney loss was Taylor’s last game for the club when they released a statement this morning bidding farewell to the squad members on their way out. The list included Jai Whitbread and Sam Stone both of whom currently ply their trade at Leigh. Others included Mitch Rein, Tyrone Peachey and Jonus Pearson.

Nonetheless, it’s undeniable that Taylor is the highest profile departure after making 114 appearances for the club. The former Bronco is now set to make the leap to Super League with a number of potential suitors lining up. Is it possible that Justin Holbrook could pull some strings to see him join St Helens? However, with the recent form of Lewis Dodd, that seems unlikely.

Nonetheless, now that his departure from Gold Coast is confirmed, it feels like it will only be a matter of time until he’s in Super League.

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