Titans end contract saga with star prop
THE Titans have got their man with Jarrod Wallace today agreeing to terms on a new $2.5 million contract upgrade.
News Corp Australia can reveal the Wallace contract saga is over with the Queensland Origin prop bowing to pressure from Titans coach Garth Brennan, who had slapped a Monday deadline on the star prop.
The Titans will announce Wallace's retention until the end of 2022 this afternoon.
The Titans were in danger of losing Wallace after he met with Newcastle officials last week, but Brennan's take-it-or-leave-it stance has convinced the 26-year-old to pledge his future to the Gold Coast.
Brennan wanted a definitive call today from Wallace _ and the Titans coach has got the answer he wanted.
It is a retention coup for the embattled Titans, who are so confident Wallace can spearhead their pack for the long haul they have outlaid in excess of $600,000 annually for the former Bronco.
Wallace was capable of attracting offers of around $700,00-a-season on the open market, but the Gold Coast's lifestyle and his status as local junior were key factors in his decision to stay.
The Titans will now turn their attention to snaring Canberra prop Shannon Boyd after tabling a $2.4 million offer for the former Test firebrand. Brennan hopes to receive an answer from Boyd in the coming weeks and is adamant the Titans can afford both props under the salary-cap for next season.
Wallace had until June 30 to take up an existing 12-month option in his favour, but has waived that clause to ink a more lucrative four-year extension.
The 108kg front-rower broke into the Origin arena last season with Queensland and is expected to be chosen in the Maroons team for Origin I on June 6.