Roberts could help spark Titans halves

GOLD Coast coach Neil Henry believes new signing Tyrone Roberts will be the perfect tutor for the club's two young halves - Kane Elgey and ex-Broncos young gun Ashley Taylor.

The Titans received confirmation from the Newcastle Knights that they had agreed to release Roberts (pictured) from the final year of his contract so he could link with the Gold Coast from 2016.

With Aidan Sezer leaving the Titans to join Canberra next year, the club had to come up with a new strategy after Manly halfback Daly Cherry-Evans reneged on his decision to move to the Glitter Strip.

Plan B was to go with a youth policy, Henry putting his faith in the 21-year-old Elgey who has shown enough in his debut season to suggest he could become one of the competition's next generation of outstanding halves.

The Titans may have also pulled off a masterstroke by signing 20-year-old Junior Kangaroo Taylor from the Broncos.

Henry said he was confident that adding Roberts, the cousin of electrifying Titans centre James Roberts, to the roster would be a significant acquisition.

"Tyrone is an accomplished playmaker and goal kicker who has played nearly 100 first grade games," Henry said.

"He has all the skills to compliment Ashley and Kane, (who are) both young and starting their NRL careers."

Roberts has played 94 first grade games for Newcastle since joining the club as a 15-year-old.

He said he had not planned on leaving but was left with little choice after the Knights signed Bulldogs and New South Wales halfback Trent Hodkinson for the next three years.


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