Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Brennan Wants a Balance

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Brennan Wants a Balance

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TITANS coach Garth Brennan is adamant the signing of hulking forward Shannon Boyd will be no impediment to the continuing development of rising star Moeaki Fotuaika.

The addition of Boyd in the same week the club re-signed Origin prop Jarrod Wallace could be interpreted as a blow to Fotuaika, the 18-year-old who made his debut against Canberra three weeks ago and is already being hailed as a top performer.

But Brennan is committed to developing the club's young talent in a bid to ensure the Titans' best players want to make the Gold Coast their home.

"When you bring in the likes of Shannon Boyd, who's only 25 and has played for Australia, it's going to help some of our young guys," Brennan said.

"It certainly doesn't stop their progress - if anything, it helps it. I've come through clubs where you develop young players and you throw them into NRL (but) you've got to have a good support network around them.

"That was why I was very reluctant to throw AJ (Brimson, who debuted against Melbourne last week) in before his time and why I held Moe (Fotuaika) back. …

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