Melbourne Storm icon Billy Slater has backed former team-mate Cooper Cronk to carry on playing, even if he does leave for NRL rivals.
Billy Slater says fellow Melbourne Storm hero Cooper Cronk will not tarnish his legacy with the NRL premiers if he opts for a switch to Sydney rather than retiring.
Cronk brought 13 glittering years with the Storm to an end in fitting fashion, winning his fourth Grand Final as North Queensland Cowboys were thrashed 34-6.
Both Slater and Cronk are one-club men, but the latter's agent has suggested that the 33-year-old playmaker is determined to play on, having reportedly targeted deals with Sydney Roosters or South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Having backed his old colleague to continue playing, even if Cronk does cross the Victoria-New South Wales divide, Slater says he will have a lasting impact at AAMI Park.
"I wouldn't be surprised if he decides to retire or play on to be honest," Slater told NRL.com
Garth Brennan has been appointed the new coach of the Gold Coast Titans on a three-year deal.
The Gold Coast Titans appointed Garth Brennan as their new head coach for the next three seasons.
Brennan, who has held numerous head coaching positions at lower levels and has previously been an assistant at the Newcastle Knights and Penrith Panthers in the NRL, takes charge until the end of 2020.
The 45-year-old becomes the third full-time coach in the Titans' history, following on from John Cartwright and Neil Henry.
"I'm really thrilled about the opportunity I have now at the Gold Coast Titans," Brennan said in a statement on Thursday.
"I'm excited by the current roster and quality of group that I am going to take control of.
Tyrone Roberts is "excited to rip in and compete for some trophies" at Warrington after turning his back on Gold Coast Titans.
Warrington Wolves have pulled off a coup by signing Gold Coast Titans half-back Tyrone Roberts on a three-year deal.
The playmaker rejected a new deal with the Titans and was also linked with NRL rivals Wests Tigers, but has opted for a new challenge in Super League.
Roberts, 26, will be expected to play a key role in a new era at Warrington under fellow Australian Steve Price, who recently took over as head coach following the departure of the long-serving Tony Smith.
"I'm very excited to be joining the Warrington Wolves." Roberts said. "My family and I can't wait to get over there and start this new chapter in our lives.
"I'm excited to rip in and compete for some trophies and meet all the passionate fans.