Titans wrap up young stars
Titans flyer Kevin Gordon has re-signed with the NRL club for four years.
Gold Coast have received a further boost to their promising finals campaign with rising stars Kevin Gordon and Bodene Thompson signing long-term deals at the NRL club.
The Titans are on a week off preparing for their preliminary final clash with either Sydney Roosters or Penrith at Suncorp Stadium on Friday September 24.
With a grand final berth beckoning, confidence is already high on the Gold Coast, but news that Gordon has re-signed for four years and Thompson until the end of 2013 with an option for the 2014 season, is another welcomed morale lift.
Both products of the Titans junior system, Gordon and Thompson have graduated from the Toyota Cup competition into the NRL where they've developed into two of the Titans' most dangerous players.
Flying winger Gordon has been touted as a NSW Blues bolter for next year's Origin series, while Thompson has turned into a game-breaker in 2010 off the interchange bench.
Titans managing director Michael Searle said it was significant that 20-year-old Gordon and 21-year-old Thompson had made a long-term commitment to the club.
"It excites me that both these talented local youngsters have agreed to make a long-term commitment to not only the Titans but the city of the Gold Coast," said Searle.
"I've no doubt they would have attracted significant interest from other NRL clubs so the fact they have chosen to stay loyal to the Gold Coast says something great about what we are building here at the Titans."
Coach John Cartwright said it had been satisfying watching the progress both had made over the past two years.
"Kevin and Bodene have worked hard on different aspects of the game and it's been pleasing to witness their development into regular first grade players over the past 18 months," said Cartwright.
"I'm sure both have their best football in front of them and it's great that they will be able to continue their development at the club where they started their careers."
Gordon has played 48 NRL games since making his debut in 2009 while Thompson has notched 19 first grade appearances, 16 of those this season.
Thompson, who was born in New Zealand and only took up rugby league in his late teens when he began at Keebra Park High School, said he was pleased to secure his long-term future at the club.
"It's good to have some security here over the next few years at the Titans," said Thompson.
"The club has been good to me throughout the long time that I've been here so it was pretty easy to make a decision. The Gold Coast is a great place to live.
"We've had a good season this year and I've been lucky enough to get my opportunity off the bench."