News Jai Arrow Signs

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Talk is Arrow met up with Titans officials this arvo and pleaded for a release.
I think the Titans are right to play hard ball over this and ensure he honours his 2020 contract...unless big dollars and suitable replacement is in the offing.
Arrow could do a Tallis and sit the season out but that wouldn't do the three of them any good
 

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I think the Titans are right to play hard ball over this and ensure he honours his 2020 contract...unless big dollars and suitable replacement is in the offing.
Arrow could do a Tallis and sit the season out but that wouldn't do the three of them any good
I think we will get him here early.
 
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From the Courier Mail,

Jai Arrow opens up on his difficult decision to quit the Titans

The deal is struck, the contract agreed – the only thing left to be sorted is when Jai Arrow will swap the Gold Coast for South Sydney. But it wasn’t an easy decision for the Titans forward.

Jai Arrow broke down in tears telling the Gold Coast Titans he was joining South Sydney and says it’s for others to decide if he will arrive at Redfern this season.

Arrow has inked a four-year deal worth $3.2 million with the Rabbitohs to reunite with coach Wayne Bennett from 2021.

But the Queensland Origin star could be headed south sooner if the Titans and Rabbitohs reach an agreement for Arrow to be released from the Gold Coast immediately.

In his first interview since signing with Souths, Arrow said it was not his call to decide which jersey he will be wearing for the 2020 NRL season.

“I’ve already made one of the toughest decisions of my life and I don’t want that one hanging over me,” Arrow told The Courier-Mail.

“I’m still contracted to the Titans this year. It wouldn’t be weird for me to stay – I get along with the coaching staff, club and players.

“I love the Titans, I won’t be unhappy if I stay. If the club wants me to stay I’m not going to kick stones. But I won’t be filthy if they decide they want to move me on.

“I don’t want to make that decision. I’d rather let that work itself out.

Arrow, 24, agonised over his future for more than three months as he received huge offers from the Rabbitohs and Wests Tigers along with the Titans’ proposal to keep him.

Arrow made his NRL debut under Bennett at the Brisbane Broncos in 2016 before moving to the Titans from 2018, where he has played 38 games and become a Maroons representative.

A proud Gold Coast product, Arrow said he never envisaged leaving the Titans until the Rabbitohs presented a compelling case for him to head south.

Rabbitohs boss Shane Richardson flew to the Gold Coast to meet with Arrow while Bennett made numerous phone calls to secure his signature.

“They really fought for me – they really wanted me down there,” he said.

“Ever since I left the Broncos, Wayne always said to me he wanted to get me back. He got the opportunity to do that and I felt I owed him a bit as well.

“Not taking anything away from Justin (Holbrook, Titans coach), he’s been doing a great job with us, but Wayne always said he wanted to get me back and he fought for me. He was a factor.

“They told me where they saw me there. They told me all the right things and really sold it to me.

“I’m very grateful to join such a proud club and one with such great history but it’s devastating I have to leave a club I hold so close to my heart.

“I’m excited about it, don’t get me wrong, but also very sad I’ll have to leave my home town.”

The Titans have been criticised for their handling of the Arrow negotiations after refusing to get into a bidding war for one of their best players.

The Rabbitohs trumped the Titans’ offer by at least $500,000, but Arrow said he felt the Gold Coast wanted to retain him.

“They said ‘we love you, we want to keep you here’. I didn’t feel unloved by them, they wanted to keep me,” Arrow said.

“Football doesn’t last forever. I’ve always said this is where I’m from and I’ll most likely end up here after my career.

“I’m very excited for the next chapter. It gets me out of my comfort zone.”

Holbrook took the Titans away for a pre-season camp in Coffs Harbour from December 18-21.

The players had their phones confiscated to encourage them to bond.

For Arrow, it was four days where he didn’t have to agonise about making the biggest decision of his life.

When he returned, Arrow gave himself two days to make a decision and on December 23 informed the Titans he would be leaving to join South Sydney from 2021-24.

“I called Justin, Mal (Meninga, recruitment chief) and Dennis (Watt, chairman) to tell them what my decision was and all three phone calls I was balling my eyes out,” Arrow said.

“It was hard for me. I’ve made a decision to leave somewhere I’m very comfortable at and have grown so fond of the club, players and staff.

“It’s my home town. My partner’s family is from here as well. It was tough, that’s why I got so emotional about it.”

The news of Arrow’s defection was met with stinging criticism from Titans fans.

Only weeks earlier, Arrow had spoken about his love for the Gold Coast and wanting to lead the club to its first NRL premiership.

He genuinely thought he would remain at the Titans for the rest of his career. But the injury-forced retirement of Rabbitohs legend Sam Burgess made Arrow South Sydney’s prime recruitment target.

“If you told me 12 months ago I would be leaving the Gold Coast I would have laughed at you,” Arrow said.

“I’ve had a few people spraying me on social media but I don’t really care. If they knew my reasons and were put in the same situation as me they would be wondering why people are bagging me.

“It was a tough situation I was put in. It affected my everyday life. I sat on the couch crying to my partner when I made the decision.

“I knew when the negotiations started that I couldn’t please everyone. I felt like the Titans have given me so much so it was hard to walk away and choose another club.

“I’m thinking a little bit clearer now it’s all done. I’ve got a massive weight off my shoulders.

“It wasn’t an easy decision but it’s what was best for me.”
 
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Here’s an update on the Titans situation:


  • Arrow is desperate to come to Redfern immediately. He is toeing the company line for now but may flex his muscle shortly, which will be a tipping point in their approach. The coach is adamant he wants no distractions as has plagued the club year by year in for seemingly their entire history.
  • Arrow is annoyed now at what’s transpiring. He was verbally assured a release would happen upon fair negotiations, which his Manager assures has occured from the Souths side. The hold up is squarely with the Titans now and that has pissed Arrow and his Manager off severely. They do not appear to be operating in good faith as they assured Arrow they would.
  • Prior to Christmas, Gagai was the player going to the Titans. He was verbally offered a contract extension to move to the GC for 2020 and was asked by Souths to consider the move. He informed Souths just after New Year’s Day that he would accept a transfer, only for the Titans to renege on their offer. Gagai is going no where now and will be with Souths for 2020.
  • The player most recently offered (AGAIN) is Corey Allen. The Titans aren’t interested in releasing Arrow with Allen alone, talks of adding a forward (I’ve been told AMone is the one they want) are ongoing. This may happen.
  • If Melbourne release the young gun to the Titans early, or if they seal the deal with Asiata (which is close), Arrow will be released to us for Allen alone.
  • AJ has a big offer from the Tigers in hand. He has until Friday to accept. Not sure of his intentions or desires, however he would be absolutely crazy not to take it in my opinion.
  • Oh, and most topical given the above hysteria - Adam Doueihi is GOING NOWHERE. NO WHERE. He has received approaches from the Tigers, Dragons, Titans and Roosters (who have pro-actively assumed he may be disheartened by the LM signing) however the Club will not release him under any circumstances. He is an absolute favourite of Bennett and Richo and will be in the 17 each week. He will play a critical role as first man up to replace any of our halves or backs across Origin and in case of injury and has been assured a full-time position in the halves once Adam and or Cody’s contract expire. One of the two is on their final contract with Souths. Adam is the heir apparent to succeed one of them. AGAIN, he is going NOWHERE.

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Here’s an update on the Titans situation:


  • Arrow is desperate to come to Redfern immediately. He is toeing the company line for now but may flex his muscle shortly, which will be a tipping point in their approach. The coach is adamant he wants no distractions as has plagued the club year by year in for seemingly their entire history.
  • Arrow is annoyed now at what’s transpiring. He was verbally assured a release would happen upon fair negotiations, which his Manager assures has occured from the Souths side. The hold up is squarely with the Titans now and that has pissed Arrow and his Manager off severely. They do not appear to be operating in good faith as they assured Arrow they would.
  • Prior to Christmas, Gagai was the player going to the Titans. He was verbally offered a contract extension to move to the GC for 2020 and was asked by Souths to consider the move. He informed Souths just after New Year’s Day that he would accept a transfer, only for the Titans to renege on their offer. Gagai is going no where now and will be with Souths for 2020.
  • The player most recently offered (AGAIN) is Corey Allen. The Titans aren’t interested in releasing Arrow with Allen alone, talks of adding a forward (I’ve been told AMone is the one they want) are ongoing. This may happen.
  • If Melbourne release the young gun to the Titans early, or if they seal the deal with Asiata (which is close), Arrow will be released to us for Allen alone.
  • AJ has a big offer from the Tigers in hand. He has until Friday to accept. Not sure of his intentions or desires, however he would be absolutely crazy not to take it in my opinion.
  • Oh, and most topical given the above hysteria - Adam Doueihi is GOING NOWHERE. NO WHERE. He has received approaches from the Tigers, Dragons, Titans and Roosters (who have pro-actively assumed he may be disheartened by the LM signing) however the Club will not release him under any circumstances. He is an absolute favourite of Bennett and Richo and will be in the 17 each week. He will play a critical role as first man up to replace any of our halves or backs across Origin and in case of injury and has been assured a full-time position in the halves once Adam and or Cody’s contract expire. One of the two is on their final contract with Souths. Adam is the heir apparent to succeed one of them. AGAIN, he is going NOWHERE.

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