Gold Coast Titans

Konrad Hurrell returns to Tonga to help cyclone-ravaged nation reporter Zac Bailey joined Hurrell as he surprised loved ones in the country’s cyclone-ravaged capital Nuku’alofa.

Hurrell was granted leave from pre-season training by Titans coach Garth Brennan, a decision that gave the Tongan international the chance to lend a hand following the Category 4 cyclone.

Houses were flattened and lives lost in the natural disaster that has crippled the nation.

Cartwright explains why he left Penrith for the Titans

Speaking for the first time after Penrith granted him a release to join his old junior coach Garth Brennan on the holiday strip, Cartwright said the chance to escape Sydney's fishbowl drove his shock off-season switch.

While stressing he and Penrith coach Anthony Griffin maintain a "great relationship", Cartwright did confirm whispers he was on the outer as far as the Panthers' first-choice line-up was concerned, with the Titans offering a chance for him to get back to his favoured lock position and best football as a result.

Gold Coast Titans predicted Round 1 line-up

The coach's relationship with Mitch Rein from Penrith should see the former Dragons rake well in the frame for an NRL spot, even if just on the bench, while local boy Brendan Elliot returns to head off a list of wingers including John Olive and Tyronne Roberts-Davis to start the first game of the season – though one of the latter could come into calculations if Anthony Don doesn't overcome a shoulder injury.

New names like Jai Arrow, Jack Stockwell and Leilani Latu could all feature in first grade either starting or off the bench.

Titans hopeful of signing Gordon

It is believed the Titans will sign the 34-year-old custodian to a two-year deal if the Roosters allow him to walk away from his contract for next season.

Gordon was set to be moved from his favoured fullback position to the wing next season due to the arrival of NSW star James Tedesco at the Roosters.

Gold Cost are in the market for a fullback following Jarryd Hayne's well-documented switch last Friday to his former club, the Parramatta Eels.

Brennan lures Rein to Titans

The 27 year-old rake had limited opportunities at Penrith this year, playing just five games when Peter Wallace was injured, but he didn't kick stones.

Hayne wants out - report

Hayne is said to want a release from the final year of his NZ$1.3 million Titans contract for personal reasons, but has yet to inform the club of his intentions.

It's the latest twist in his tumultuous stint on the holiday strip after his much-publicised feud with Neil Henry. That stoush ultimately cost the coach his job, sacked with a year remaining on his contract.

The 29-year-old has only been on the Gold Coast for 15 months, after he returned from overseas stints in the NFL and rugby sevens.

Taylor signs lucrative renewal with Titans

Taylor's original deal was due to expire in 2019 but the 22-year-old half-back's contract will now run through to 2021, it was announced on Wednesday.

Terms of the renewal were not disclosed however, Taylor – who attracted interest from rival clubs including Brisbane Broncos – is reportedly set to earn one million Australian dollars per season.

Taylor said the appointment of Garth Brennan as head coach following Neil Henry's sacking was a key factor.

Titans to unleash 'Greg Bird clone'

‌A mid-season recruit from the Brisbane Broncos, Hipgrave will make his NRL debut against the Roosters at Allianz Stadium on Saturday and bring the type of aggressive intent that Bird was so famous for during his 14-year career in the NRL.

Roberts set to remain a Titan in 2018

Roberts has made a return to his favoured five-eighth position in recent weeks but has started at fullback, in the centres and at hooker during the course of an injury-plagued season for the Gold Coast club.

The Titans presented a contract offer to Roberts' management midway through the season which was initially rejected but the two parties have re-opened negotiations and the 26-year-old is hopeful of committing to the club prior to the off-season break.

"I want to [stay]," Roberts told "We're in talks now so hopefully we'll get it done in a couple of weeks."

The mistake Titans made in signing Hayne

It was a day of high drama on the Gold Coast on Monday as both Hayne and coach Neil Henry were summoned to individual interviews with Titans CEO Graham Annesley and chair Rebecca Frizelle that were described as "open, frank and honest" before an emergency meeting of the board was convened.

That almost three-hour meeting was adjourned and an agreement reached that a final decision on the outcomes be delayed until all the information was received yet just an hour later reports emerged that Henry could be sacked in the coming days.